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‘If we work and build together,’ a more sustainable world will be a safer world, Ban says in California

06 April 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his programme in California today, where he received an honorary doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, after addressing yesterday the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, where he gave the audience an overview of United Nations efforts to meet today’s global challenges, from humanitarian crises to climate change to sustainable development.


WHO and partners appeal for $2.2 billion with humanitarian health needs at ‘all-time high’

05 April 2016 – Ongoing turmoil in Syria and the impact of drought in Ethiopia are among the diverse and pressing crises cited by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) as the agency and its partners appealed for some $2.2 billion to provide lifesaving health services to more than 79 million people in more than 30 countries facing protracted emergencies this year.


First-ever World Humanitarian Summit must usher in new era of global solidarity – UN chief

04 April 2016 – Briefing Member States on preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Heads of State and Government to come to the event and deliver a strong message that “we will not accept the erosion of humanity which we see in the world today.”


Ban welcomes joint China-US pledge to sign Paris climate accord in April

01 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint presidential statement on climate change by China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters on 22 April, the first day the accord is open for signature.


In Stockholm, UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues

30 March 2016 – Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.


PODCAST: from anger to laughter, what happens when three top comedians walk into the UN?

29 March 2016 – What happens when three top comedians leave their Hollywood comfort-zone and walk into the United Nations to talk climate change and sustainability?


Major milestones reached on renewable energy investments, UN reports

25 March 2016 – Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity - one of several important firsts for green energy recently announced in a United Nations-backed report.


World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes 'the new normal,' UN urges bold climate action

23 March 2016 – Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action is needed to “face the future now.”


World Water Day: UN calls for ‘better water and better jobs’

22 March 2016 – With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods, the United Nations today said, underscoring the link between water and jobs, this year’s theme for World Water Day.


New products and technologies needed to aid small farmers, UN agriculture chief says

22 March 2016 – The head of the United Nations agricultural agency today called for great use of agroecology, biotechnology and other creative tools to eradicate hunger, fight malnutrition and achieve sustainable agriculture.