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UN-backed treaty concludes summit with ‘game changing’ outcomes for wildlife protection

05 October 2016 – The triennial conference of the parties to a United Nations-backed wildlife treaty concluded yesterday with actions that are expected to go a long way in ensuring protection for some of the most vulnerable plants and animals on the planet.

Portugal's António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General

05 October 2016 – Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation.

‘Keep Afghanistan on the path towards stability,’ Ban tells Brussels Conference

05 October 2016 – Addressing a conference aimed at charting a way forward for conflict-ravaged Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to sustain its commitment to support the country and its people, while stressing the importance of holding both donors and the Afghan Government accountable for aid effectiveness.

Investing in early childhood development helps communities thrive – UN-backed report

05 October 2016 – An estimated 43 per cent – or 249 million – of children under five in low- and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to a new United Nations-supported series from The Lancet.

Sport and faith dive social change, foster tolerance towards achievement of Global Goals – UN chief

05 October 2016 – Sport and faith are based on fundamental values of respect and friendship – at their best, they are open to everyone; they are diverse and inclusive; they transcend barriers of nationality and ethnicity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Rome today, urging the world to “summon the best from faith and sport to celebrate our common humanity.”

Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals, UNESCO reports

05 October 2016 – On World Teacher's Day, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued statistics revealing that close to 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, the deadline of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN chief urges European Parliament to approve process on Paris Agreement ratification

04 October 2016 – Addressing the plenary of the European Parliament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called its members to approve a speedy ratification by the European Union (EU) of the Paris Agreement on climate change and to help lead the world to a better future.

Inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor and vulnerable people – new UN report

03 October 2016 – Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.

Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Informal briefings reopen

03 October 2016 – The latest candidate for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General was heard by UN Member States 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 agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation

03 October 2016 – Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.