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UN General Assembly’s 69th general debate kicks off Wednesday

23 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level debate officially kicks off Wednesday, but this year, more than 120 leaders have already spent a day focusing on the existential threat of climate change and getting a head start on an agenda dominated by an unprecedented number of challenges facing the world today.

Ban hails ‘bold’ announcements on tackling climate change as historic UN summit closes

23 September 2014 – Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.”

Yemen: UN Security Council hails new peace accord, warns against violent disruptions

23 September 2014 – Welcoming a recent peace pact signed between the Yemeni Government and its opponents, the United Nations Security Council today called for its full and immediate implementation, an immediate end to all attacks and threats, and the rapid formation of a new government.

First-ever indigenous peoples’ world conference concludes with focus on climate

23 September 2014 – With climate change taking centre stage at the United Nations, the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples wrapped up today with a focus on Mother Earth and the future of the planet.

At summit, UN agencies pledge action to curb climate change

23 September 2014 – Joining the chorus of Government, businesses, civil society and indigenous leaders at today’s landmark Climate Summit at Headquarters, United Nations agencies pledged action to help curb the effects of climate change and transition towards a sustainable world economy.

Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9 billion people by 2050

23 September 2014 – With demand for food set to increase 60 per cent by 2050, world leaders, major corporations and civil society at the United Nations Climate Summit today pledged commitments to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions.

Governments, corporations pledge at UN summit to eliminate deforestation by 2030

23 September 2014 – Dozens of Governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples participating in the United Nations Climate Summit in New York today pledged to halve deforestation by 2020 and to end within the following decade.

Mayors at UN climate summit announce pledges towards major carbon cuts in cities

23 September 2014 – A compact of Mayors from cities around the world will expand their commitments to scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs and resilient financing mechanisms including through an initiative that aims to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian Kurds live in fear of Islamist extremist violence – UN

23 September 2014 – With 138,000 Syrians having already fled to Turkey from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), United Nations officials today voiced grave concern for hundreds of thousands more who remained, living in fear of the sort of persecution perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities elsewhere.

UN experts urge real dialogue with children about their rights, decisions that affect them

23 September 2014 – A group of United Nations independents experts today called on governments to make renewed efforts to ensure that children’s views are heard and taken into account.