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INTERVIEW: Global Goals give 'epic opportunity' to the world – Richard Curtis

04 September 2015 – Richard Curtis is known around the world as the film-maker behind international hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, as well as for his involvement with the charity Comic Relief.

However, over the past year, the British filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone has been working closely with the United Nations to help give prominence to something completely different – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 targets aimed at achieving three main objectives in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.

‘We are making progress’ on Libya political agreement, UN envoy reports

04 September 2015 – The United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in Libya said today that real progress was being made as the participants wrapped-up the latest round of the political dialogue process, which has been taking place in Geneva.

UN chief appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

04 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Ban appoints Pakistan national as Force Commander of UN Western Sahara mission

04 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Top musicians release ‘love song’ to Earth to inspire action at UN climate conference

04 September 2015 – Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.

Celebrities join UNICEF and Global Goals to launch ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ on sustainable development

04 September 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Goals campaign today launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.

Ban, Security Council condemn terrorist attack on Yemeni mosque that leaves more than 30 dead

04 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the suicide attack against a mosque in the northern Jarraf district of Sana’a in Yemen.

UN humanitarian air service in dire need of funds to continue life-saving work in Sudan – UN agency

04 September 2015 – A lack of funding in Sudan could have serious repercussions on the ground, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today, warning that the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which serves as a vital aid link in the country, needs nearly $10 million to remain operational.

Citing marginal gains, UN human rights chief warns Central African Republic still ‘gripped by fear’

04 September 2015 – The human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is far better than it was at the height of the conflict in late 2013 and early 2014, but is still a cause of anxiety for both the country’s own inhabitants and the United Nations, the world body’s human rights chief said today.

Yemen: UN emergency fund releases $15 million for critical aid operations

04 September 2015 – The head of the United Nations humanitarian wing today released an emergency allocation of $15 million to help alleviate the “almost incomprehensible” scale of human suffering in Yemen where a “shocking” four out of every five Yemenis are lacking in such basic items for survival as clean water, food, fuel, and medicines.