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In Nairobi, UN chief Guterres marks International Women’s Day, hails Kenya’s role in multilateralism

08 March 2017 – The richness, welfare and prosperity of countries depend on the full integration of women in the development process, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, commemorating International Women’s Day at a ceremony in Nairobi as part of his visit to Kenya.


Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official

07 March 2017 – Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN’s Sendai Framework.


Women’s progress uneven and facing backlash, UN rights chief warns ahead of International Day

07 March 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today launched a joint report with the African Union and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women’s struggle for human rights in Africa, while the UN rights chief warned that the women’s movement around the world is facing a backlash that hurts both men and women.


At governing body, UN atomic energy chief airs concern over DPR Korea’s nuclear plan

06 March 2017 – The head of the United Nations atomic energy agency today expressed serious concern about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as he also provided an update on the agency’s verification and monitoring activities in Iran.


UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan

06 March 2017 – More than 1,000 delegates from across the Americas will meet this week at a United Nations-backed conference in the Canadian city of Montreal to agree a Regional Action Plan designed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters, both natural and man-made.


In Niger, Security Council links aid and development in fight against Boko Haram

05 March 2017 – The Security Council – which is in the Lake Chad Basin to draw attention to the humanitarian and development needs of a region grappling with Boko Haram's terror – visited for the first time Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.


At first ‘playable’ UN conference, tech experts, gamers drive new thinking on global development

03 March 2017 – Hands-free gardening for a greener future, video gamers using their skills to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – these were just a few of the innovative and forward-looking ideas in the spotlight at the world body’s first ever ‘playable’ policy conference, held in the German city of Bonn.


On Wildlife Day, UN spotlights youth's role as today's change-makers, tomorrow's custodians

03 March 2017 – With the fate of the world's wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year's World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people's voices in conservation efforts.


‘Communicating SDGs’ key to achieving global development targets – senior UN official

02 March 2017 – Bringing together a diverse array of partners to communicate the Sustainable Development Goals was a key focus on day two of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, a ‘playable’ United Nations conference under way in Bonn, Germany, that aims to chart new ways of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges.


Innovation imperative to make Global Goals a reality – UN official, on day one of ideas fest

01 March 2017 – The first ‘playable’ United Nations conference on sustainable development kicked-off today in Germany’s city of Bonn, aiming to chart a new way of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges.