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INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

01 July 2015 – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In the French capital, countries will discuss an agreement intended to succeed to the landmark Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


FEATURE: The UN body with its finger on the pulse of sustainable development

01 July 2015 – It was 2009, at the height of the financial crisis, and world leaders were struggling to understand how they had been so taken by surprise by an economic shock that had struck their populations with the ferocity and suddenness of a natural disaster.


UN urges 'people-centred' approach to migrants and refugees in Southeast Asia

01 July 2015 – Several senior United Nations officials today strongly urged Southeast Asian countries to back a “people-centred” approach to migration by, among others, expanding avenues for safe and legal migration, while stepping up law enforcement to put a stop to human trafficking.


UN chief condemns latest Egypt terrorist attack

01 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's deadly attack in North Sinai.


Security Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accord

01 July 2015 – Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, the United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict to agree on a Government of National Accord and sign the proposal presented by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) “in the coming days.”


Ban welcomes restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States

01 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's announcement that Cuba and the United States will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.


Ukraine: UN scales up food assistance in country's crisis torn eastern region

01 July 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will scale up its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to provide 500,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of the year.


UN Ebola response mission flags importance of staying vigilant as virus resurfaces in Liberia

01 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that Ebola had resurfaced in Liberia after a teenager who died earlier this week tested positive for the disease in the West African country that had been declared free of Ebola transmission just two months ago.


First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

01 July 2015 – Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.


Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

01 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”