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FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

02 December 2016 – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


On International Day, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

02 December 2016 – Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.


New UN report reveals barriers to inclusive development and highlights key steps to progress

30 November 2016 – The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has just released its 2016 Report on the World Social Situation, which includes important new findings about persisting inequalities in education and economic opportunity, and challenges the international community to work harder to break down barriers to participation.


'The answer to global transportation challenges is not less transport – it is sustainable transport' – UN chief

26 November 2016 – Opening the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, that the world has the resolve, commitment, imagination and creativity “to transform our transport systems in a sustainable manner that will improve human wellbeing, enhance social progress and protect our planet.”


UN conference to address way forward on global sustainable transport challenges

25 November 2016 – The first-ever global conference on sustainable transport takes place this weekend in Turkmenistan, bringing together representatives from the United Nations, governments, the private sector and civil society to set new directions for global transport efforts.


Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women human rights defenders, UN experts warn

25 November 2016 – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations experts has warned.


UN names former astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘Champion for Space’

21 November 2016 – As part of a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, the UN appointment of astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘United Nations Champion for Space.’


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November 2016 – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


UN chief urges rapid scale-up in action to prevent vehicle-related deaths and injuries

20 November 2016 – With more than 3,400 people, many of them young men and women, losing their lives on the world's roads every day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with a strong call to scale up action to prevent these deaths.