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New solutions needed to tackle mounting sovereign debt crisis – UN trade and development agency

26 October 2016 – Prior to a meeting today at the United Nations on sovereign debt restructuring, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced that in order to deal with sovereign debt crises – which are creating a growing threat to economic stability in many developing countries – the world is in need of new ways to tackle the problem.

Statistical capabilities need major upgrade to achieve 2030 Agenda – UN agriculture chief

26 October 2016 – “Tremendous” efforts and increased investments are expected from countries and international organizations in order to improve national statistical capacities in achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Zero Hunger target, José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in Rome.

UN statistics forum addresses efforts to support Global Goal on gender equality

24 October 2016 – Today marks the start of the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, a two day event in Helsinki, Finland, that will highlight ways to improve data on gender in order to support better policies for women and girls and Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

INTERVIEW: To be sustainable, cities should be more connected, inclusive and dynamic – ICAO chief

24 October 2016 – A Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between urban development and aviation was signed in Quito, Ecuador, during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

UN cites ‘worrying reversal’ in efforts to tackle illicit drugs as Afghan opium production soars

24 October 2016 – Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43 per cent to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 from 2015, according to the latest figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Global Goals can 'propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,' Ban says on UN Day

24 October 2016 – In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous UN staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to respond to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world.

'Wonder Woman' appointed UN honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

21 October 2016 – Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

HABITAT III: UN conference agrees new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

20 October 2016 – A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.

Protecting people and planet from ‘invisible killer’ is focus of UN health campaign to tackle air pollution

20 October 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet.

Investing in 10-year-old girls will yield huge demographic payoff towards Global Goals – UN

20 October 2016 – If all of the ten-year-old girls living in developing countries that currently drop out of or do not attend school were to complete their secondary education, it would lead to an additional $21 billion per year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed today in its annual State of the World Population Report.