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With Global Goals agreed, UN focuses on what it will take to achieve sustainability targets by 2030

20 April 2016 – In a watershed moment for international cooperation, global political, business and civil society leaders are headed to New York where they will pledge fast action on the new United Nations sustainable development agenda and the landmark Paris climate agreement, to build on momentum from 2015 to create a better future for people and the planet.


‘Bold and decisive’ action needed for Africa’s future, UN deputy chief tells Member States

20 April 2016 – The United Nations and African countries are working as one to support the continent’s people in realizing their hopes and aspirations for peace and development, which will require “bold and decisive” action, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today at a special event on the continent’s future.


Ban hails rule of law as ‘foundation of progress’ as ‘World Court’ marks 70th anniversary

20 April 2016 – The collective jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made an “enormous contribution” to international law, benefiting both nations and citizens around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today marking the 70th anniversary of the main judicial organ of the United Nations.


UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy

20 April 2016 – The United Nations health agency today launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma.


World drug problem: UN adopts new framework for policies to ‘put people first’

19 April 2016 – The United Nations today adopted a new framework putting people at the centre of global policies on drug control, which the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says can help promote the “urgent, united and concerted action we need.”


FEATURE: Ahead of Paris Agreement signing, cyclone-hit Fiji champions climate change action

18 April 2016 – As Fiji and Governments of more than 100 other United Nations Member States are preparing this week for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, back in Fiji, residents of the South Pacific country are clearing debris and trying to recover from one of the region's fiercest storms.


Colombia: UN office expands alternative development strategy to eliminate illicit crops

18 April 2016 – As part of an initiative providing assistance to family farms that depended on illicit crops for income, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced that hundreds of personnel and visitors can now purchase alternative development products on the premises of its central office in Bogota, Colombia.


UN urges ‘tangible actions’ from world leaders to finance sustainable development for all

18 April 2016 – Hailing 2015 as a year of “crucial milestones” for development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said world leaders must now meet the agreed financing targets to ensure implementation of the numerous landmark agreements on eradicating poverty, building resilient societies and addressing climate change in order to put the world on a sustainable development path.


In Washington, Ban urges multilateral action to aid refugees, close infrastructure gaps

16 April 2016 – Addressing the global challenge of forced displacement and fostering greater investment in infrastructure were the main topics of discussion today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to leaders in Washington, D.C., at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.


UNICEF, World Bank urge greater investment in early childhood development

15 April 2016 – The heads of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group are jointly urging global and national leaders to step up action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.