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Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter, more crowded planet, UN says on World Food Day

16 October 2016 – To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.”

Green transformation 'unstoppable' as countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases – UN

15 October 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have welcomed the landmark deal struck today by nearly 200 countries to reduce the emissions of potent chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators – a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century.

Rural women's empowerment critical to UN Sustainable Development Agenda – Ban

15 October 2016 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all “have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core.”

HABITAT III: UN conference to set new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

14 October 2016 – A major global conference, aiming to set a ‘New Urban Agenda,’ which, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will “help us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities,” begins this weekend, in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

This highly-anticipated conference, is taking place in the so-called Global South for the very first time; an important symbol, according to Habitat III’s de facto architect, Joan Clos, who is Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the organization’s Human Settlements Programme.

Convening world conference on tax evasion should be priority for next Secretary-General – UN expert

14 October 2016 – To tackle illicit financial flows, a United Nations human rights expert has urged Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, as well as the UN General Assembly, to consider as a priority abolishing tax havens and convening a world conference on the issue, while safeguarding effective protection of whistle-blowers.

On International Day, UN urges building disaster resilience by reducing 'appalling' loss of life

13 October 2016 – Over the past twenty years, 90 per cent of the 1.35 million people who have died in 7,056 disaster events have come from low and middle-income countries, according to a new United Nations report released today described by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a “damning indictment of inequality.”

Opening ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban highlights importance of partnerships with and for the continent

10 October 2016 – Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

New UN manual gives more say to indigenous peoples in development projects that affect them

10 October 2016 – The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled a new manual that seeks to ensure that indigenous peoples, custodians of more than 80 per cent of global biodiversity, are able to freely give or deny their consent in development interventions that affect their natural resources or their way of life.

In Iceland, UN chief highlights that fate of Arctic and that of the world are intertwined

08 October 2016 – Drawing attention to the melting of the Arctic ice cap, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the urgency of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the need to help developing countries in their efforts to combat climate change.

UN chief welcomes decision by global aviation body to cut global greenhouse gases

07 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the yesterday’s decision of the member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt a new emissions standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights.