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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.


UN-backed partnership, support fund launched to end violence against children

12 July 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership and fund were launched today to make achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children a public priority and a collective responsibility.


Human rights are not ‘abstract ideas,’ must be main tool in meeting development targets – Ban

12 July 2016 – Far greater emphasis must be placed on human rights as the international community continues to work towards implementing the agreed-upon sustainable development agenda, because it is the most powerful driver of peace and development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Warning against ‘cherry-picking’ among Global Goals, UN experts say human rights cannot be ignored

12 July 2016 – The largest group of rights experts in the United Nations system stressed today that focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become “the perfect excuse” for Member States to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments.


UN political forum opens with focus on achieving 2030 Agenda's call to 'leave no one behind'

11 July 2016 – Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.


UN food relief agency launches innovation project to spur progress towards ending hunger by 2030

11 July 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency launched today an initiative to identify and nurture new technologies and business models which will contribute to the global goal of ending hunger by 2030.


Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.