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UN launches campaign to urge 'smart' transition to sustainable cities

26 May 2016 – Two United Nations entities have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for the transition to smart sustainable cities.


With busy bees in the lead, ‘pollinator-friendly’ approach vital for healthy agricultural ecosystems – UN

25 May 2016 – As bellwethers for ecosystem health and biodiversity, bees play a crucial role in agriculture and ending hunger, and “pollinator-friendly” approaches are therefore highly encouraged, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May 2016 – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.


UN launches unprecedented #WildforLife campaign to end illegal trade in wildlife

25 May 2016 – The United Nations today launched the #WildforLife campaign against illegal trade in wildlife, warning that such trade is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.


At Crime Commission, UN official urges stepped-up responses to curb human trafficking

25 May 2016 – Despite all of the positive effects of migration, the unprecedented flow of people is generating new criminal opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at a high-level event on the recently launched UN-European Union initiative aimed at curbing human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


Economic development in Africa centres around urbanization – UN-backed report

24 May 2016 – With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, how Africa urbanizes will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, a new report presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found.


UN report paints mixed picture of global responses to declining air quality

24 May 2016 – Noting that from 2008 to 2013, air pollution levels in urban areas increased by eight per cent, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) spotlights the need to support introduction of more renewable energies and clean cook stoves, some of the vital actions aimed at combating this public health emergency.


WHS: New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

24 May 2016 – A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.


WHS: ‘We need to solve humanitarian crises together,’ says UNESCO envoy Forest Whitaker

23 May 2016 – On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action and invest more in development aid.


In Vienna, UN Crime Commission opens with call to advance justice, rule of law

23 May 2016 – The main United Nations anti-crime forum opened in Vienna today with calls to strengthen justice and the rule of law and help build resilient institutions in support of the global development goals, which recognize the connections between poverty, security, crime and corruption.