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In Washington, Ban urges multilateral action to aid refugees, close infrastructure gaps

16 April 2016 – Addressing the global challenge of forced displacement and fostering greater investment in infrastructure were the main topics of discussion today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to leaders in Washington, D.C., at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.


UNICEF, World Bank urge greater investment in early childhood development

15 April 2016 – The heads of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group are jointly urging global and national leaders to step up action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.


Ban urges insurance industry to take leadership in climate change response

13 April 2016 – The insurance industry is a key actor in forging new instruments to anticipate and manage climate risks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the industry to continue to work with the United Nations to manage and reduce such risks and ultimately ensure a more sustainable world for all.


Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

13 April 2016 – Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health agency.


The next UN Secretary-General: informal briefings continue

13 April 2016 – Three more candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General will be heard today, answering questions on how they would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.


World needs ‘new vision for urbanization,’ says UN chief

12 April 2016 – Welcoming Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the world needs a new vision for urbanization – a “New Urban Agenda” – to help protect the environment and limit climate change.


UN marks 55th anniversary of first human flight into outer space

12 April 2016 – The United Nations today observed the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first human space flight, which ushered in the beginning of the space era for mankind.


United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General

12 April 2016 – Kicking off what he has called a “new and transparent process,” General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for substantive and open engagement with the candidates – for the full UN membership and the public.


New UN report focuses on green, inclusive industrialization in Africa

11 April 2016 – Welcoming the launch of the latest economic report on Africa, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that African countries should leapfrog “business as usual,” carbon-intensive methods of growth and instead pursue a pathway to green industrialization.


Data 'essential' to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told

11 April 2016 – Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body's role in advancing the new global development agenda.