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UN urges 'reboot' of drought responses to focus more on preparedness

19 June 2017 – Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to cope with extreme drought, because responding to such situations when they hit might be too late, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency said today.


Help preserve land – our 'home and future' – UN urges on World Day to Combat Desertification

17 June 2017 – With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification – the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change – United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities “can build a future.”


'BRICS' countries well placed to help lead global efforts to tackle hunger – UN agency

16 June 2017 – As the clock ticks towards the 2030 deadline for meeting global goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, the United Nations agriculture agency today asserted that five vitally important emerging economies, known collective as the 'BRICS' countries, are well positioned to take a leading role in helping the world achieve these targets.


Switzerland tops world innovation index; India and other emerging markets on the rise – UN agency

15 June 2017 – Innovation is a key development tool that could boost economies and provide a way out of the growing squeeze on the world's food resources – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – according to a new United Nations report.


At EXPO 2017, UN agencies highlight benefits of clean energy for all

13 June 2017 – Showcasing the centrality of the energy sector to address global sustainable development challenges, United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan at EXPO 2017 have urged the global community for new momentum to ongoing efforts towards transition to clean energy.


Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

13 June 2017 – As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.


National efforts vital to ensure effective implementation of Global Goals, UN chief says in Tajikistan

12 June 2017 – Highlighting the integrated, indivisible and universal nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all stakeholders around the world to work together to ensure the promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are brought to life.


Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows 'men can destroy the planet,' warns UN chief Guterres

10 June 2017 – Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.


UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO 2017

10 June 2017 – Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.


Inclusive development 'best form of preventing conflict,' UN chief tells Central Asia summit

09 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in achieving global development goals and combating some of today's key threats to peace and security, such as terrorism.