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UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as ‘stepping stone’ for universal treaty

28 November 2014 – As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015.


Structural reforms can help poorest countries break 'vicious' economic circle – new UN report

27 November 2014 – The world's poorest countries are trapped in an economic vicious circle, which pins them in poverty and must be reversed if new development goals are to be met, according to a newly released report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


UN agency chief reports on Iran, DPR Korea nuclear files, measures to curb climate change

20 November 2014 – The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact global energy demand is having on our planet’s volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today as he launched his agency’s latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programmes of Iran and the Democratic republic of Korea (DPRK).


Ban welcomes $9 billion in pledges to Green Climate Fund at Berlin Conference

20 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the pledges of more than $9.3 billion made by Governments towards the initial capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the first pledging conference for the mechanism, being held in Berlin, Germany.


‘Insecurity on the march again’ in Africa’s Sahel region, UN relief official warns

19 November 2014 – Insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa’s Sahel belt, where extremists have displaced 1.5 million people in Nigeria and the threat of Ebola is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations humanitarian regional coordinator said today.


Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in ‘needless loss of life’ – UN report

17 November 2014 – The first United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report on drowning released today reveals that more than 370,000 people drown every year in bathtubs, buckets, ponds, rivers, ditches and pools as people go about their daily lives in a “serious and neglected public health threat.”


On margin of G20 Summit, UN chief meets with world leaders to discuss pressing issues

16 November 2014 – On the margins of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with senior European officials as well as Turkey's Prime Minister to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the Ebola outbreak, climate change, and combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


G-20 countries have political responsibility to tackle world's greatest challenges Ban

15 November 2014 – With the planet and its people facing serious security, developmental and environmental challenges, G-20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course, but a political responsibility to do so, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Brisbane, Australia.


World will benefit greatly from more future-oriented, integrated Asia – Ban

13 November 2014 – Asia – and indeed the world – will benefit greatly from a future-oriented Asian region that is ever more integrated, engaged and assuming greater responsibilities commensurate with its clout, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, addressing a regional summit in Myanmar.


UN praises China, US for ‘highly significant’ announcement on emissions cuts

12 November 2014 – The new measures announced by the Governments of China and the United States in addressing their greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades is a positive step towards achieving a more comprehensive accord at a global climate conference to be held in Paris next year, top United Nations officials have confirmed.