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Countries need to be reminded they are built on diversity, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

19 July 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress.


Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July 2016 – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.


New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.


UN health agency urges speeding up efforts on noncommunicable diseases

18 July 2016 – Governments must make greater efforts to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes and lung disease – the leading causes of death among the elderly – the United Nations health agency today said.


UN officials spotlight need to move from commitments to results on Global Goals

18 July 2016 – Every country must accelerate the implementation pace of the 'ambitious and transformative' development agenda adopted by United Nations Member States nearly one year ago, by boosting efforts to overcome persistent challenges, new obstacles and unforeseen setbacks in today's turbulent world, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today declared.


On Nelson Mandela Day, UN urges action that inspires change for a better world

18 July 2016 – As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, United Nations officials and UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder today paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker's tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all.


In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

17 July 2016 – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.


Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists – UN agency

15 July 2016 – New data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end.


On Youth Skills Day, Ban urges more investment to assist the 'working poor' and jobless

15 July 2016 – With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day today.


Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Informal briefings reopen

14 July 2016 – The latest candidate for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General was heard today, answering questions on how she would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.