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Newly-detected bird flu in Southeast Asia poses threat to animal health, people’s livelihoods

22 September 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that a recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus detected in poultry in Southeast Asia presents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored.

Extreme weather hits Asia, Europe as world leaders gear up for UN climate summit

22 September 2014 – Heavy rains and flooding devastated parts of the Philippines, France and Italy over the weekend and may be further indications of the ‘new normal’ that the world will have to deal with if no accelerated action is taken to curb global warming, the head of United Nations Disaster Reduction Office said today on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York.

World leaders head to UN General Assembly session on population, development

21 September 2014 – As the United Nations General Assembly begins its annual high-level session on Monday, world leaders are set to reaffirm their commitments to a UN action plan aimed at placing people at the centre of development, and to consider new population challenges.

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opens at UN headquarters

21 September 2014 – The week of high-level events that marks the opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate kicks off today with the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

Feature: no 'Plan B' for climate action as there is no 'Planet B, says UN chief

21 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

Afghanistan: UN welcomes conclusion of presidential elections, deal to form unity government

21 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General and his most senior envoy in Afghanistan welcomed the agreement signed today by presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity, ending months of political uncertainty in the country.

Yemen: UN envoy reports deal reached to resolve current crisis in country

20 September 2014 – The United Nations envoy in Yemen announced today that an agreement has been reached, following intense consultations with all the political parties, including Ansarallah, to resolve the current crisis based on the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.

Ahead of summit, UN Headquarters complex becomes canvas inspiring action on climate change

20 September 2014 – In the lead-up to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit, the United Nations lit up its iconic Headquarters complex in New York with a spectacular 30-story architectural projection show aimed to inspire global citizens to take climate action.

Ban welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as new UN Messenger of Peace ahead of climate march

20 September 2014 – As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather tomorrow for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body's “new voice for climate advocacy.”