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36 stories found over the past 45 days
Global unemployment projected to rise over next two years, UN labour agency warns

19 January 2016 – Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency warned today, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.


Ban names ‘eminent advocates’ to propel achievement of new Sustainable Development Goals

19 January 2016 – A queen, a crown princess, a president, a prime minister, a Chinese e-commerce pioneer, and a player often ranked as the world’s best footballer are among eminent Advocates appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to help achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to eliminate poverty, hunger and a raft of social ills, all within 15 years.


Sustainable energy can ‘save millions of lives,’ Ban tells summit in Abu Dhabi

18 January 2016 – Millions of lives can be saved by ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed at the World Future Energy Summit taking place in the United Arab Emirates.


'Renewable energy is limitless and will last forever,' says Ban at global debate

17 January 2016 – Everyone involved in energy—governments, the private sector, investors and financial institutions, cities, and people everywhere–has understood that we can no longer burn our way to global prosperity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today at a debate hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Financial Times.


UN chief introduces new action plan to prevent violent extremism

15 January 2016 – Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today while presenting a new plan of action to prevent violence stemming from “poisonous ideologies.”


Terrorism remains major threat in West Africa despite electoral progress – senior UN official

14 January 2016 – While peaceful and credible elections were held in several countries in West Africa in the past six months, violent extremism continues to pose a serious threat throughout the area, the top United Nations official for the region warned today.


UN must get ‘priorities right’ in 2016, Ban tells Member States, calling for ‘more and better work’

14 January 2016 – Sharing his thoughts on the direction of the United Nations’ work in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the global community begins the year needing to get its “priorities right,” while underlining that more and better work needs to be done.


UN food relief agency boosts efforts to end global hunger by 2030 with new partnerships in India

14 January 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is promoting agreements with the Indian Government and business sector to boost nutrition in the world’s second most populous country, with 1.3 billion people, a vital step in eradicating global hunger by 2030.


With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, UN chief calls for vigilance

13 January 2016 – On the eve of West Africa being declared free of Ebola virus transmission, top United Nations officials today highlighted the “extraordinary” global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups.


‘No-one left behind’ is ethical imperative of new development agenda – UN deputy chief

13 January 2016 – The universal inclusiveness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ethical imperative, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a forum for UN Member States today on ethics for development.