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As 71st General Assembly opens, new President pledges to ‘turn the wheels’ on implementing 17 Global Goals

13 September 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly today opened its 71st session, with an emphasis on ensuring that implementation of the new global development goals, adopted by its 193 Member States last year, is well underway.

UN report calls for synergies between universal 2030 Agenda and goals for least developed countries

13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.

On International Day, senior UN officials highlight importance of South-South cooperation for sustainable development

12 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder today highlighted the importance of South-South Cooperation in their respective messages on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation.

At East Asia Summit, Ban expresses concern over tensions on Korean Peninsula and in South China Sea

08 September 2016 – Wrapping up an 11-day trip to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the region’s economic growth and progress on development, but expressed concerns about some challenges facing the countries there, including the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.

INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

08 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.

At ASEAN-UN Summit, Ban highlights complementarity between world and regional bodies on sustainable development

07 September 2016 – Speaking at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus of cooperation between the two organizations on a range of sectors, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN agricultural agency and USAID sign agreement to boost developing countries’ ability to track key data

07 September 2016 – The United Nations agricultural agency today signed a $15 million agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to boosting the capacity of developing countries to track key agricultural data – information considered essential to good policy-making and that will help track progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN-backed report finds urgent need for greater headway to achieve world education goals

06 September 2016 – There is an urgent need for greater headway in education without which, on current trends, the world will be half a century late for achieving the education-related goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new United Nations-backed independent report.