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‘Business can be a global force for good,’ Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

25 June 2015 – The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.


Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change and ensuring food security – UN agency

23 June 2015 – Mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, according to a newly released United Nations-backed publication, which also highlights technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples.


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June 2015 – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.


In pivotal year, public servants must rise to the moment – UN chief

23 June 2015 – In a world of enormous social, economic and environmental challenges, public services must be accountable and our public servants fully able to rise to the moment, today said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


In Europe, UN chief praises Luxemburg’s commitment on development issues

22 June 2015 – Currently in Europe, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official visit to Luxembourg, where he met with a number of Government officials, including the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel.


Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

21 June 2015 – The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.


UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical ‘moral issue’

18 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of our planet.


Ban urges insurance industry leaders to play strong role in shaping more sustainable future

17 June 2015 – As a major source of long-term investment, the insurance industry can and must play a strong role in shaping a more sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the industry to show strong leadership and voice support for a host of upcoming United Nations-led initiatives aimed at ensuring a more sustainable world for all.


On Day to Combat Desertification, UN urges action to protect ‘every hectare’ of arable land

17 June 2015 – Land is a renewable resource, but only if investments are made in land degradation neutrality, which has been proposed as an element of the post-2015 development agenda, today said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.


UN and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly launch #whyspacematters photo contest

16 June 2015 – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and United States astronaut Scott Kelly, currently on board the International Space Station, today launched a global photography competition to highlight the importance of outer space for sustainable development on Earth.