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44 stories found over the past 45 days
#HappySoundsLike: UN launches social media campaign to create world’s happiest playlist

16 March 2015 – Does happiness have a sound? And, if so, what does it actually sound like?


UN relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu as country’s President appeals for assistance

15 March 2015 – Amid reports that powerful Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country's President, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs.


Ban praises Sendai recovery as model for turning tragedy of disaster into sustainable future

15 March 2015 – Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan, which was devastated four years ago by an earthquake and tsunami but which today, following an impressive rebuilding effort, is a reminder to the world that “we must turn all of the painful lessons of disasters into new policies for a better future.”


Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at UN conference

14 March 2015 – Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, Government and civil society representatives today emphasized that risk reduction efforts can never be fully effective or sustainable if the needs and voices of women are ignored.


In Japan, UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development

14 March 2015 – With global leaders gathered in Sendai, Japan, to agree a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that responding to the world's growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources.


Sendai: World leaders gather for UN conference on managing disaster risk

13 March 2015 – World leaders are gathering for a United Nations conference in Sendai, Japan, to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.


Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda

12 March 2015 – Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.


Lessons from Japan tsunami vital to new disaster risk reduction agreement, says UN official

11 March 2015 – Three days before the opening of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the head of the United Nations office dedicated to dealing with the threat posed by disasters took part today in a ceremony of solemn remembrance in Tokyo for those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011.


Equality means business: UN urges private sector to help close gender gap

10 March 2015 – Although businesses were not part of the discussions at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference 20 years ago, it is now clear that achieving gender equality will require the concerted efforts of the private sector, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event at UN Headquarters.


World must 'never relent' until gender equality becomes reality, UN women's commission told

09 March 2015 – As the Commission on the Status of Women opened its 59th session today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, delegates heard a keynote address calling for a revival of the “spirit of Beijing” to tackle problems that have persisted since the adopted in 1995 of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on gender equality and women's empowerment.