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World leaders head to UN General Assembly session on population, development

21 September 2014 – As the United Nations General Assembly begins its annual high-level session on Monday, world leaders are set to reaffirm their commitments to a UN action plan aimed at placing people at the centre of development, and to consider new population challenges.


Feature: No 'Plan B' for climate action as there is no 'Planet B, says UN chief

21 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”


Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs – UN

18 September 2014 – Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations today reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on reaching the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the end of 2015.


Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals – UN agency

18 September 2014 – If all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives, the United Nations educational agency today reported highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets.


UN underscores importance of good urban planning for sustainable development

17 September 2014 – With more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century, strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told an international group of Government officials and experts on housing.


Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens

16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people.


President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

15 September 2014 – Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred post-2015 development agenda.


On International Day, UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation

12 September 2014 – Cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the United Nations Day of South-South cooperation with a call to encourage – and learn from – emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all.


Senior UN officials urge Member States to craft ‘bold, pragmatic’ post-2015 agenda

11 September 2014 – With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and new – not least climate change.


On International Day, UNESCO chief says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them

08 September 2014 – With one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them, said the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).