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At UN meeting in Geneva, Ban spotlights trade as driver of global sustainable development

01 October 2014 – The critical role played by international trade in lifting economies out of poverty is an invaluable one but must remain consonant with the objectives enshrined in the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in an address to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

UN meeting hears call for greater marine protections as plastic waste accrues in oceans

01 October 2014 – The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) heard today.

‘Together we can make a difference,’ says General Assembly President, previewing work ahead

01 October 2014 – President of the 69th session the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, told reporters at United Nations Headquarters today that the high-level general debate was very successful and that over the next year, work will be undertaken with “a spirit of cooperation and optimism inspired by the belief that together we can make a difference.”

UN, Liberia assessing food security impact of Ebola outbreak, planning response

01 October 2014 – The Liberian Government, along with key United Nations agencies, is set to carry out a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, as the top UN envoy on curbing the spread of the virus in West Africa arrived today in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Africa’s achievements, challenges in peace, development focus of UN meeting

01 October 2014 – While there has been great social and economic progress across Africa, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands, including providing jobs to young people, said United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a high-level meeting of regional partners held today at Headquarters.

Iraq: UN reports at least 1,119 killed in September; actual figure likely higher

01 October 2014 – At least 1,119 Iraqis – most of them civilians – were killed in August, the United Nations in the country today reported, but cautioned that the figure does not include people killed in the ongoing operation in Anbar, or those who died from the heat or hunger after being forced to flee violence in their cities.

In Geneva, UN chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts

01 October 2014 – Amid mounting crises, a warming planet and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by “many troubles,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he pressed the international community to engage in “unprecedented cooperation” as it faces a slew of global predicaments.

With its mandate completed, OPCW-UN mission draws down in Syria

01 October 2014 – The joint United Nations mission to oversee the destruction of Syria’s stockpiles and production facilities has completed its mission and been shut down.

On International Day, UN encourages full participation of older persons in society

01 October 2014 – The United Nations today encouraged Governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected.

UN Assembly debate covers a range of pressing concerns: from development to Ebola to Ukraine

30 September 2014 – The theme of this year’s annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was the post-2015 agenda of global sustainable development but it was by no means the only subject of the speeches as kings, presidents and prime ministers mounted the podium to speak on behalf of 193 Member States and two Observer delegations.