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Cutting crime 'manifestly important' to sustainable development, UN Assembly told

25 February 2015 – Reducing violent crime is critical to sustainable development, the top United Nations anti-crime official told the General Assembly today, spotlighting that while global progress has been made in combatting the scourge, homicide levels in low and lower-middle income countries have increased by 10 per cent over the last decade.


High-level event stresses importance of extractive industries to sustainable growth in Africa

24 February 2015 – The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) held a meeting at Headquarters in New York today on the role of the extractive industry in Africa.


FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.


Top officials say UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda

23 February 2015 – Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment.


2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States

23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.


On Mother Language Day, UN spotlights role of native tongue in education

21 February 2015 – Mother tongue education is not only a force for quality learning, it is also essential to bolster multilingualism and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity at a time when societies are transforming quickly and many languages are under threat, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education said today.


Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

20 February 2015 – “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework.


On Social Justice Day, UN spotlights human trafficking, modern slavery

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.


UN official says recent terror attacks represent ‘exact opposite’ of values of peace, stability

18 February 2015 – The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Al-Nasser, said today that the “vicious forces” of extremism, violence and terrorism should not hamper international efforts to prevent and combat such forces.


Ebola: UN envoy likens final phase of response to ‘looking for needles in haystacks’

18 February 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the final phase of “getting to zero” cases may well be the hardest, saying the hunt to track down the virus is “like looking for needles in haystacks.”