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In Stockholm, UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues

30 March 2016 – Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.


UN calls for political will to overcome inequality hindering sustainable development for all

30 March 2016 – Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.


In Asia and Pacific, UN views sustainable development through demographic changes

30 March 2016 – Addressing youth unemployment, empowering women, supporting people with disabilities and an aging population were among the top issues discussed at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, at the first intergovernmental meeting since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on how to strengthen the social dimension of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.


PODCAST: from anger to laughter, what happens when three top comedians walk into the UN?

29 March 2016 – What happens when three top comedians leave their Hollywood comfort-zone and walk into the United Nations to talk climate change and sustainability?


In Tunisia, Ban stresses importance of youth employment in sustainable development

29 March 2016 – Speaking at a national conference on employment in Tunisia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to help the North African country create new businesses and fund active labour market programmes for young people.


At Security Council, UN Women chief urges greater input, visibility of women in peacebuilding

28 March 2016 – Emphasizing the consistent, dependable and universal commitment of women to conflict prevention, the head of UN Women today called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peacebuilding resources to gender equality and women's empowerment.


UN chief visits Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, meets Middle Eastern leaders in capital

27 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East today with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan, including King Abdullah II.


Major milestones reached on renewable energy investments, UN reports

25 March 2016 – Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity - one of several important firsts for green energy recently announced in a United Nations-backed report.


UN Commission on the Status of Women ends with agreement on foundations to accelerate action

25 March 2016 – The 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to “gender-responsive” actions with stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.


On slavery remembrance day, UN chief shines a light on African diaspora's legacy

25 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the African diaspora's contributions to society, including culture, medicine, science and spirituality, as the global community gathered to honour the millions of Africans forcibly exploited by slavery.