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15 stories found over the past 45 days
Accessible tourism will benefit everyone, say senior UN officials on World Day

27 September 2016 – Noting the obstacles that persons with disabilities or those with other access requirements face in taking advantage of fundamental aspects of travel, senior United Nations officials today urged policy-makers, travel planners and companies that work with persons with disabilities to work together to make travel more accessible.


UN rights experts urge Pakistan authorities to halt execution of man with disability

27 September 2016 – Four United Nations human rights experts today urged authorities in Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a man with a psychosocial disability, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards.


Addressing UN, Republic of Congo says newly-adopted Constitution will improve governance

24 September 2016 – The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, today welcomed the new Constitution adopted by his country which he told the United Nations General Assembly will improve political, economic and social governance in the country.


Madagascar leader spotlights universality of 2030 Agenda in UN Assembly speech

22 September 2016 – Addressing the leader’s debate at the United Nations General Assembly, the President of Madagascar today underlined the need to take the commitments made in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development and the Paris Agreement on climate change into practice.


Global cooperation vital to achieve Agenda 2030, Thai leader tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that global cooperation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of social ills by 2030, on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate.


Number of South Sudan refugees passes one million – UN

16 September 2016 – As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


UN health agency provides emergency support as floods and landslides cause havoc in DPRK

15 September 2016 – Responding to urgent humanitarian needs triggered by flash floods and landslides in the northern provinces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations health agency is providing emergency health kits and supplies that will benefit some 260,000 persons for about three months.


New UN exhibit highlights need to fill in ‘blank spaces’ for child-related data

14 September 2016 – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in launching a ‘Time Machine’ that will use data storytelling to highlight the lack of availability of statistics on children and particularly those related to child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators.


UN report calls for synergies between universal 2030 Agenda and goals for least developed countries

13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.


On International Day, senior UN officials highlight importance of South-South cooperation for sustainable development

12 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder today highlighted the importance of South-South Cooperation in their respective messages on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation.