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World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


Ban, on World Down Syndrome Day, applauds all who champion rights of disabled

21 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to “make every effort” to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities.


On International Day, UN says learning lessons of intolerance critical to eliminating racism

21 March 2015 – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations today urged Member States to boost efforts towards ending discrimination around the world and ratify a critical international convention aimed at abolishing racism in all its forms.


UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.


Yemen: UN chief strongly deplores terrorist bombings, urges continued peace talks

20 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against two mosques in Yemen today that have reportedly left dozens of people dead and wounded.


Natural disasters - New strategy aims to build resilience, reduce loss

20 March 2015 – In a year when countries are set to adopt a global sustainable development agenda, and to forge a meaningful, binding climate change agreement, world leaders meeting in Sendai, Japan, signed on to a new framework for making the world safer from the threats of natural disasters.


Vanuatu: UN finds ‘extensive’ loss of agriculture; full scale of damage still to be revealed

20 March 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for emergency support for farmers in Vanuatu, where the vast majority of crops have been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Pam.