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#HappySoundsLike: UN launches social media campaign to create world’s happiest playlist

16 March 2015 – Does happiness have a sound? And, if so, what does it actually sound like?

As UN steps up aid efforts, Ban promises ‘necessary action’ to assist cyclone-hit Vanuatu

16 March 2015 – With United Nations relief agencies stepping up their response in Vanuatu after the country was hit by Cyclone Pam, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the event “tragically underscored” the importance of global efforts on disaster risk reduction.

UN relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu as country’s President appeals for assistance

15 March 2015 – Amid reports that powerful Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country's President, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs.

Ban praises Sendai recovery as model for turning tragedy of disaster into sustainable future

15 March 2015 – Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan, which was devastated four years ago by an earthquake and tsunami but which today, following an impressive rebuilding effort, is a reminder to the world that “we must turn all of the painful lessons of disasters into new policies for a better future.”

In Japan, UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development

14 March 2015 – With global leaders gathered in Sendai, Japan, to agree a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that responding to the world's growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources.

UN spotlights key role of evaluation in new development agenda

13 March 2015 – Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations body said today, as it launched a new publication highlighting the critical role of assessment in enhancing the UN’s effectiveness, cultivating change and empowering nations.

New UN appointments announced for political affairs, civil aviation

12 March 2015 – The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has appointed Fang Liu of China to head up the Montreal-based agency, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Miroslav Jenca of Slovakia as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda

12 March 2015 – Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.