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UN chief urges ramped up support to meet Peacebuilding Fund’s financial challenges

21 September 2016 – The United Nations system is being pushed to its limits by an unprecedented number of conflicts and economic crises globally, as well as by climate change and inequalities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to help keep the Organization’s Peacebuilding Fund from falling into a dangerous financial position.


Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, reiterating the UN’s commitment to securing their human rights.


At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance

21 September 2016 – Meeting at the United Nations today, world leaders signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines.


Security Council now has 'no higher responsibility' than backing political path in Syria – Ban

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the members of the Security Council to fully support his Special Envoy in working on convening formal talks seeking to resolve the Syria conflict and developing proposals for future talks, or risk destroying the international community's credibility in being able to uphold “our common humanity.”


‘No compromises’ in implementation of 2030 Agenda, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Zimbabwe underscored that compromises or half-measures, which were unavoidable, even inevitable, in developing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have no place in its implementation phase.


‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact that seeks to put the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.


FEATURE: Two panda cubs, two little girls and the Sustainable Development Goals

20 September 2016 – What do two panda cubs and two Fijian girls have to do with the Sustainable Development Goals?


Turkey’s Erdogan challenges world leaders at UN Assembly to end bloodshed in Syria

20 September 2016 – Drawing particular attention to the nearly six year crisis in Syria where hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions displaced, the President of Turkey called for urgent action to stop the conflict and persecution in the country.


UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

20 September 2016 – Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks last night against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy, as well as a SARC warehouse and health clinic in Urum al-Kubra (Big Orem), northwest of Aleppo city in Syria, in which about 20 civilians and one SARC staff member were killed and vital food and medical assistance was destroyed.


US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.