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Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent, advancing towards UN goal by 2030 – World Bank

05 October 2015 – The World Bank announced today that extreme poverty is likely to fall to below 10 per cent this year, “giving fresh evidence that a quarter-century-long sustained reduction in poverty is moving the world closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030” – echoing a top goal set by the newly-agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.

On World Day, UN urges international community to invest in recruiting, empowering teachers

05 October 2015 – Marking the first World Teacher’s Day after the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials appealed to the international community to value, support, and empower teachers, “for it is they who will educate a new generation of children who, in turn, will carry forward all our goals to build a better world for all.”

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

05 October 2015 – Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

UN General Assembly President hails annual debate as ‘historic and seminal’

03 October 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly wound up its 70th annual General Debate today, attended by the highest number of Heads of State and Government ever, with Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft calling it a “historic” event crowned by the “truly seminal commitment” to achieving ambitious new development goals by 2030.

At UN, Latin American leaders underline ‘insufficient’ progress, urgent need to address climate change

03 October 2015 – Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not been sufficient.”

Island States at UN call for ‘genuine and durable partnership’ to meet Global Goals

03 October 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly today, leaders of small island States called for the urgent need to expand genuine and durable partnerships within the international community to successfully implement and meet the objectives of Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At UN, Canada urges focus on financing for climate change mitigation, adaptation

03 October 2015 – The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Côte d’Ivoire tells Assembly it stands as living example of UN’s role in averting chaos

03 October 2015 – Côte d’Ivoire, where the United Nations played a major role in restoring peace and stability after violently disputed presidential elections in 2010, stood before the General Assembly today to praise the world Organization for its “irreplaceable” contribution to advancing peace, security and development over the 70 years of its existence.

With transparent elections imminent, ‘dynamic democracy’ taking root in Guinea, Minster tells UN

03 October 2015 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea, Francois Lounceny Fall, confirmed the imminent holding of presidential elections in his country, hailing the polls as a sign of a “democratic dynamic” taking root there.

Speakers from Latin American region urge ‘results, not promises’ on UN goals

02 October 2015 – The Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, addressing the General Assembly today, highlighted both the new UN development agenda and the need to tackle climate change.