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Get outside, connect with the planet that sustains us, urges UN on World Environment Day

05 June 2017 – With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability.

FEATURE: UN Ocean Conference ‘dream come true’ for Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago

02 June 2017 – Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015.

UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list

02 June 2017 – Strongly condemning the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today decided to apply existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities.

UN poised to open summit on world's oceans; outcome will 'call for action' on ocean health

02 June 2017 – Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for next week's ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty.

Green economy is 'the economy of the future,' says UN chief, urging commitment to climate action

02 June 2017 – Underscoring the threats posed by climate change – those already apparent, as well as those sure to impact the future of the planet – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged Governments worldwide to “stay the course” and remain committed to climate action.

Local solutions, people-centred health systems key to ending AIDS epidemic – UN deputy chief

01 June 2017 – While global optimism has fuelled a major push to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – the highest ambition within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the United Nations today warned that the pandemic is far from over, and with more than 36 million people living with HIV, tackling it will require a life-cycle approach based on community-level solutions.

‘Beginning of end for rogue fishing,’ says UN agency as more States back landmark treaty

01 June 2017 – A new agreement aimed at stopping rogue fishing practices represents the capstone of years of diplomatic effort to combat the scourge of illegal fishing, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

UN chief appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Under-Secretary-General for Management

01 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Jan Beagle of New Zealand as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management.

With innovative strategy, UN health agency launches new offensive against vector-borne diseases

01 June 2017 – Spread of the Zika virus disease and emerging threat of dengue and chikungunya were the result of weak mosquito control policies adopted nearly half a century ago, the United Nations health agency has said, vowing a renewed attack on global spread of such vector-borne diseases.

UN human rights chief urges repeal of repressive NGO law in Egypt

01 June 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged Egyptian officials to repeal a new law on non-governmental organizations, saying that it “further tightens the noose” around NGOs trying to hold the Government to account for human rights obligations.