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Devastation in cyclone’s wake illustrates need for targeted disaster response, Pacific leaders say at UN conference

17 March 2015 – With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm recovery efforts, as well as durable partnerships that would help their countries strengthen capacities to deal with such extreme weather events.


Women’s participation in sports key to boosting gender equality – UN

16 March 2015 – The greater participation of women and girls in sports can help lift their involvement in society, fight gender stereotypes and accelerate progress towards gender parity, the head of the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment declared today.


INTERVIEW: Gender equality remains ‘humanity’s biggest project,’ declares UN official

16 March 2015 – Twenty years ago in Beijing, countries signed on to a comprehensive global blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and achieving that goal remains “humanity’s biggest project,” according to senior United Nations official Lakshmi Puri.


At Security Council, UN envoy cites renewed hope for Afghan peace process

16 March 2015 – The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today said there was renewed hope for the peace process as he briefed the Security Council, which extended the mandate of the UN mission in the country for another year.


#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.”