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With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide'

06 December 2016 – The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.


FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

02 December 2016 – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


Security Council strengthens measures against DPRK’s nuclear, ballistic missile activities

30 November 2016 – Strongly condemning the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September, the Security Council today unanimously adopted measures that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” against that country.


Participants endorse 'Ashgabat Statement' as first-ever UN conference on sustainable transport ends

27 November 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded today in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,' with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.


'The answer to global transportation challenges is not less transport – it is sustainable transport' – UN chief

26 November 2016 – Opening the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, that the world has the resolve, commitment, imagination and creativity “to transform our transport systems in a sustainable manner that will improve human wellbeing, enhance social progress and protect our planet.”


Space community underlines need for stronger cooperation as UN conference in Dubai closes

24 November 2016 – Members of the global space community have affirmed the need for stronger international cooperation and dialogue as they wrapped up the work of a high-level United Nations forum in Dubai.


Countries at UN forum in Dubai encouraged to make ‘Space for Women’

23 November 2016 – At a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, a senior UN official is urging the global space community to “make Space for Women” within the next two years.


Spurred by patent and trademark applications in China, global innovation flies high – UN agency

23 November 2016 – Global innovation is soaring as the 2015 edition of a United Nations agency on intellectual property report reveals that 2.9 million patent applications lodged worldwide – a 7.8 per cent increase over the previous year.


Outer space is driver for disaster risk management, sustainable development – UN expert

22 November 2016 – Space applications related to telecommunications and global navigation can play a vital role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts, a senior United Nations official said today at the UN forum on space as a socio-economic driver for sustainable development under way in Dubai.


UN names former astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘Champion for Space’

21 November 2016 – As part of a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, the UN appointment of astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘United Nations Champion for Space.’