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#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?


As UN steps up aid efforts, Ban promises ‘necessary action’ to assist cyclone-hit Vanuatu

16 March 2015 – With United Nations relief agencies stepping up their response in Vanuatu after the country was hit by Cyclone Pam, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the event “tragically underscored” the importance of global efforts on disaster risk reduction.


FEATURE: ‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ takes top film prize at UN event on disaster resilience

16 March 2015 – A film chronicling the monumental effort of the engineers and designers to rebuild entire new cities from scratch following the devastating 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province, took the top prize at the first United Nations co-organized International Awards for the Best TV Documentaries on Disaster Risk Reduction.


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.


Myanmar: UN officials pledge humanitarian, development assistance for country’s future

13 March 2015 – The United Nations remains committed to helping Myanmar achieve its humanitarian and development needs in order to boost living standards for all its citizens, top UN officials have declared during their visit to the Asian country.


UN spotlights key role of evaluation in new development agenda

13 March 2015 – Evaluation will become more necessary for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations body said today, as it launched a new publication highlighting the critical role of assessment in enhancing the UN’s effectiveness, cultivating change and empowering nations.