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38 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


General Assembly elects former Danish Foreign Minister as President of 70th session

15 June 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its upcoming 70th session.