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51 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: Gender equality remains ‘humanity’s biggest project,’ declares UN official

16 March 2015 – Twenty years ago in Beijing, countries signed on to a comprehensive global blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and achieving that goal remains “humanity’s biggest project,” according to senior United Nations official Lakshmi Puri.


#HappySoundsLike: UN launches social media campaign to create world’s happiest playlist

16 March 2015 – Does happiness have a sound? And, if so, what does it actually sound like?


Ban praises Sendai recovery as model for turning tragedy of disaster into sustainable future

15 March 2015 – Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan, which was devastated four years ago by an earthquake and tsunami but which today, following an impressive rebuilding effort, is a reminder to the world that “we must turn all of the painful lessons of disasters into new policies for a better future.”


Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at UN conference

14 March 2015 – Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, Government and civil society representatives today emphasized that risk reduction efforts can never be fully effective or sustainable if the needs and voices of women are ignored.


In Japan, UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development

14 March 2015 – With global leaders gathered in Sendai, Japan, to agree a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that responding to the world's growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources.


Myanmar: UN officials pledge humanitarian, development assistance for country’s future

13 March 2015 – The United Nations remains committed to helping Myanmar achieve its humanitarian and development needs in order to boost living standards for all its citizens, top UN officials have declared during their visit to the Asian country.


UN spotlights key role of evaluation in new development agenda

13 March 2015 – Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations body said today, as it launched a new publication highlighting the critical role of assessment in enhancing the UN’s effectiveness, cultivating change and empowering nations.


UN and Haitian partners appeal for aid to reduce vulnerability, build resilience

12 March 2015 – The United Nations, the Haitian Government and its partners have launched a $401 million appeal to reduce extreme vulnerability, while building resilience on the small Caribbean nation.


Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda

12 March 2015 – Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.


At UN, Actress Geena Davis warns 700 years needed to reach gender parity in kids’ media

12 March 2015 – Actress Geena Davis today told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight, saying: “We don’t have to fix the ‘unconscious bias’ they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”