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Visiting drought-hit region of Ethiopia, Ban urges support to Government-led humanitarian efforts

31 January 2016 – The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the country, before heading to the drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history.

In Addis Ababa, Ban urges leaders to build on progress in human rights and women's empowerment

30 January 2016 – Hailing vital commitments the African Union (AU) has made on human rights and women's rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the continent's leaders to move on from setting standards to what he called “the three I's” – Implementation, Institution-building and Investment in real change – and set a shining example for the wider world.

Science and technology can help save lives, livelihoods when disasters strike – senior UN official

27 January 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management kicked off today in Geneva, Switzerland, seeking to map out a scientific and technological approach to the issue while addressing the importance of partnership.

INTERVIEW: world’s most difficult task – ensuring UN sustainable development agenda, says top adviser

27 January 2016 – “It’s about the toughest job any human being could be given” – that is how David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, describes the task the United Nations chief entrusted to him last month.

Senior UN official points to science as ‘vital’ in managing disaster risk, promoting development

26 January 2016 – On the eve of the first-ever gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management, the head of the United Nations office tasked with synergizing disaster reduction activities emphasized today the importance of government leaders and decision makers’ attention to the role of science in lowering the exposure to extreme disaster events and promoting sustainable development.

‘2015 is hottest year on record’ – UN weather agency

25 January 2016 – The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which announced today that for the first time on record, temperatures were about 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

Nigeria: reintegrating women and children liberated from Boko Haram ‘essential’ to peace, say UN experts

22 January 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.

In Zurich, Ban calls strongly on governments to ‘leave no one behind’ in new era of global sustainability

22 January 2016 – If the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a pact between donors and recipients, the 2030 Agenda must become must become the basis of a new social contract, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging governments to show strong ownership in the framework by aligning policies, legislation and resources so that people and the planet can benefit.

UN Economic and Social Council marks 70th anniversary, cites ‘central role’ in sustainable development

22 January 2016 – Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), its current President today highlighted the organ’s central role in realizing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

UN chief announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

21 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.