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UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.


First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.


Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

20 July 2016 – Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new United Nations report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.


UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.


Countries need to be reminded they are built on diversity, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

19 July 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress.


Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July 2016 – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.


New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.


Senior UN relief official welcomes US and EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin

18 July 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official for Africa’s Sahel region has expressed gratitude to the United States and the European Union for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region – and called for greater international support.


Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa, Ban calls for scaling up global response

18 July 2016 – More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers gathered today in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations-cosponsored international conference on AIDS, to advance knowledge about HIV and build innovative partnerships to strengthen global response to the endemic.


In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

17 July 2016 – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.