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UN agency develops new guidelines to help countries better monitor forest resources

26 July 2017 – The United Nations agriculture agency has created new guidelines to help countries develop a strong mechanism to monitor national forest resources.


On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2017 – Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date, according to the United Nations science wing.


Peace is the 'bedrock' for women's development and human rights UN deputy chief says in DR Congo

25 July 2017 – The importance of reversing the tragedies of violence, particularly against women and children, and ensuring that women's and girl's voices are heard in all aspects of society are at the core of the second leg of a high-level United Nations-African Union (AU) mission to Africa, which today visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants’ contributions to development

24 July 2017 – Although the net benefits of migration far outweigh its costs, the public perception is often the opposite, a senior United Nations official pointed out today, as the latest round of consultations on a global compact for migration began in New York.


INTERVIEW: Education, women's empowerment 'top priorities' for UN in India, says senior official

21 July 2017 – To meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritize women's empowerment and education, the United Nation's development chief in the country said.


UN health agency urges early action to stave off threat of HIV drug resistance

21 July 2017 – The United Nations health agency has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the most widely used medicines could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken.


UN Economic and Social Council pledges to accelerate implementation of 2030 Agenda

20 July 2017 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today concluded the high-level segment of its annual session by adopting a ministerial Declaration aimed at accelerating the pace of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


In Nigeria, UN deputy chief says 'messages of women' vital to sustainable peace, development

20 July 2017 – Urgent action is needed now towards the meaningful participation of women in peace processes, as well ensuring their voices are heard in all aspects of society, the United Nations deputy chief told reporters in Abuja today as part of a first-ever UN-African Union trip focused on women, peace and security.


'A healthy planet' is birthday wish for UN development agency advocate and 'Game of Thrones' star

20 July 2017 – As part of his 47th birthday celebrations, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and the actor playing the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, is calling on his friends, family and fans to help him raise funds to support UN climate action programmes.


Least developed countries face challenges in funding sustainable development – UN report

19 July 2017 – Lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs) in their implementation of sustainable development targets, according to a United Nations report released today.