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171 stories found over the past 45 days
In Egypt, Assembly President points way towards more relevant, responsive and inclusive UN

28 May 2016 – With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable.


LDCs: With journalists sponsored from vulnerable nations, news on UN conference can reach all corners of globe

28 May 2016 – More than two dozen journalists from the world's least developed countries are in Antalya, Turkey, to report on a United Nations conference focused on the state of their homelands, and to ensure that key messages are disseminated as widely as possible thanks to their local news outlets.


UN official acclaims 2016 Crime Commission session for role in sustainable development

27 May 2016 – As the week-long annual session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) came to a close in Vienna today, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) highlighted that bonds had been strengthened between efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice and work undertaken to promote sustainable development.


In Japan, Ban calls on G7 to back global goals, climate action, UN humanitarian response efforts

27 May 2016 – Addressing world leaders at an event on the side lines of the G-7 meeting currently under way in Nagoya, Japan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the gathering to remain focused on key UN and global priorities: climate change; humanitarian action, refugees and migrants; global health; and the Sustainable Development Goals.


UN rights office warns of severe lack of funding for human rights body for the Americas

27 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today said it is disturbed by the severe financial crisis the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is facing, warning that the Commission's capacity to respond to victims of rights violations across the Americas may be seriously diminished if it doesn't receive the necessary funding in the coming weeks.


LDCs: UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess progress made since 2011

27 May 2016 – A United Nations conference focused on the world's least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States' progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development.


At Security Council, climate change citied among factors impacting stability in Sahel

26 May 2016 – At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict.


LDCs: Behind the scenes – gearing up for a UN conference on least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Collaborating on the organization of major international conferences is a task well known to the United Nations, whose staff have the responsibility of ensuring that key messages are successfully delivered to not only those on location, but also worldwide.


Ban appoints governing body of ‘technology bank’ for least developed nations

26 May 2016 – Ahead of a major United Nations conference on priorities for the world’s least development countries (LDCs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of members to a governing council that will provide support towards the operationalization of a proposed Technology Bank for those vulnerable nations.


‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

26 May 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed today the need for Member States to redouble efforts at prevention – whether to combat climate change, build resilience or address potential conflict flashpoints before they reach a tipping point.