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Main UN economic forum closes high-level segment with calls to bolster sustainable development agenda

10 July 2015 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is now stronger and must fully use its power to spur integration, and help mobilize a range of actors, including the UN system in the transition towards the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


At academic event, UN officials spotlight data and technology as key to sustainability

08 July 2015 – The importance of quality data and cutting edge information communication technologies (ICTs) is increasingly critical to the shaping of the future sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) confirmed today.


Alarmed by melting glacier in Norway, Ban says world must 'act now' to curb climate change

08 July 2015 – At the site of a rapidly shrinking glacier in the Norwegian Arctic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the international community to “take action now” to fight climate change.


Small farmers can be major actors in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint - UN agency

08 July 2015 – Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, finds a new study released today by one of the agricultural agencies of the United Nations system.


Development financing conference to agree 'concrete' action on social protection, aid delivery – UN official

07 July 2015 – The senior United Nations official who will act as head of the upcoming Third International Conference of Financing for Development, to be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, announced today that among the meeting's “concrete deliverables” would be a commitment to establish a new technology bank for the least developed countries by 2017.


Lessons from Millennium Development Goals ‘springboard’ for future UN agenda – Ban

06 July 2015 – The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized the world to produce the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, made inroads against hunger and enabled more girls to attend school than ever before. However, despite remarkable gains, it will take more to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.


Widespread and early heatwaves impact northern hemisphere, UN weather agency warns

06 July 2015 – Many parts of Europe have been impacted by a severe and unusually early heatwave since 27 June, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said, warning of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires in North America and torrential downpours and widespread flooding in southern China.


Adequate, targeted financing key to people-centred sustainable development – UN official

02 July 2015 – In 2002, the global community came together in Monterrey, Mexico, to address key financial issues affecting global development. The International Conference on Financing for Development, the first United Nations gathering of its kind, resulted in a landmark global agreement in which developed and developing countries recognized their responsibilities in key areas such as trade, aid, debt relief and institution-building.


Caribbean States 'lighting path' towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

02 July 2015 – This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown, where, two decades ago, the Barbados Programme of Action was adopted to tackle vulnerabilities facing small islands.


INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

01 July 2015 – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In the French capital, countries will discuss an agreement intended to succeed to the landmark Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.