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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Get outside, connect with the planet that sustains us, urges UN on World Environment Day

05 June 2017 – With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability.


Local solutions, people-centred health systems key to ending AIDS epidemic – UN deputy chief

01 June 2017 – While global optimism has fuelled a major push to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – the highest ambition within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the United Nations today warned that the pandemic is far from over, and with more than 36 million people living with HIV, tackling it will require a life-cycle approach based on community-level solutions.


UN chief appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Under-Secretary-General for Management

01 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Jan Beagle of New Zealand as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management.


US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a 'major disappointment' – UN

01 June 2017 – The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General today said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.


Key trends for infrastructure development and industrialization in spotlight at special UN meeting

31 May 2017 – The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) told the body’s special meeting today that infrastructure, industrialization and innovation are essential in global efforts to eradicate poverty as they enable growth and sustainable development.


UN atomic energy agency looks to boost ongoing contribution to sustainable development

30 May 2017 – Nuclear science and technology are essential in helping countries address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations atomic agency told some 1200 participants at the opening of an international conference today in Vienna.


Climate action 'a necessity and an opportunity,' says UN chief, urging world to rally behind Paris accord

30 May 2017 – Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.


With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit, Secretary-General Guterres urges investment in youth

27 May 2017 – At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called world leaders to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa.


New secure Internet app aids UN peacekeeping maintain and share statistics

23 May 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping office today announced a new software application that is enhancing efficiency and situational awareness in the field.


INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

23 May 2017 – According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.