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On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability

03 May 2015 – Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda.


UN-backed Expo in Milan spotlights need to ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all

01 May 2015 – The world produces more than enough food to “feed every member of the human family,” yet one in nine people still go hungry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored today in a message for the opening ceremony of a six-month long expo in Milan, Italy, in which the UN is participating to demonstrate that ending hunger in our lifetime is possible.


UN rights experts welcome US review of lethal drone attacks, urge transparency and accountability

29 April 2015 – A group of United Nations independent experts today welcomed the announcement by the United States Government of a review of two counter-terrorism operations involving the use of drones, while stressing the need for transparency and accountability.


Global tide of nuclear abolition has ebbed causing tensions among nations, Ban warns

28 April 2015 – Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is “one of the most crucial debates of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, emphasizing that the international tide of nuclear abolition – so strong in 2010 – has ebbed and mounting tensions between nuclear-armed States have produced a return to Cold War mind sets.


New sustainability agenda must harmonize humanity's relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

27 April 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”


At meeting on nuclear disarmament, UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ to Cold War mentalities

27 April 2015 – Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament.


On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN urges increased opportunity in information and communications technology

23 April 2015 – Aiming to attract women to fields “where strong demand is creating global skills shortfall,” the tech community is gearing up to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ around the world.


Ban urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit

20 April 2015 – Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General today stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people.


Accurate and timely data vital to post-2015 agenda, says UN Assembly President

17 April 2015 – At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.


Emerging threats demand renewed fight against sexual violence in conflict – UN envoy

14 April 2015 – Those who use rape as a weapon of war are becoming increasingly “brutal and ruthless,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today, warning against a lax attitude that would allow emerging armed groups to gain further ground and continue committing such atrocious crimes.