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Rural women's empowerment critical to UN Sustainable Development Agenda – Ban

15 October 2016 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all “have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core.”

Opening ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban highlights importance of partnerships with and for the continent

10 October 2016 – Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Globalization must leave no one behind, senior UN officials tell joint meeting on socio-economic issues

07 October 2016 – At a joint meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly’s main economic and financial committee, the respective heads of the two UN bodies today highlighted the need for the benefits of globalization to reach all countries and all peoples.

Reports that Yahoo aided US e-mail surveillance draw concern of UN human rights expert

07 October 2016 – The top United Nations expert of free expression said today that reports that Yahoo complied with United States intelligence demands by searching the e-mails of hundreds of millions of customers “raise serious human rights concerns.”

With ‘unstoppable’ momentum, Paris climate pact set for early November entry into force – UN chief

05 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is set to enter into force on 4 November, as enough countries have signed onto the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions threshold that will trigger its implementation.

“One of the important things for the success of our effort is real commitment from the international community” – UN envoy for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto

03 October 2016 – From a decades-long conflict which has seen an ever-growing number of civilians killed to rooting out corruption among government bodies, Afghanistan has been facing a range of challenges with the international community’s assistance – and many of these topics will be discussed at a two-day gathering starting on Tuesday, 4 October, in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

On World Day, UN spotlights role of maritime transport as backbone of global economy

29 September 2016 – The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world and to meeting the challenges of the sustainable development agenda, top UN officials declared today, as the international community marked World Maritime Day.

African island nations at UN spotlight ‘blue’ economy, ocean’s ‘transformative power’ as key to survival

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, two small island nations in Africa today stressed that among the many challenges they face, harnessing the transformative power of the seas and building the ocean-based economy is of fundamental importance for their countries’ survival and sustainable growth.

At UN, Indian Minister urges leaders to turn ‘shadow of turmoil’ into a golden age for civilization

26 September 2016 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, underscored her country’s commitment to the comprehensive implementation of the 2030 Agenda and said that the national parliament has dedicated one day in each session to discuss and monitor its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

26 September 2016 – The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a “standstill,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.