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Vast majority of world – 6.76 billion people – living with excessive air pollution – UN report

27 September 2016 – With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the United Nations today rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll.


UN highlights agriculture's potential to help address climate change and antimicrobial resistance

26 September 2016 – The role of agriculture should go beyond just generating food to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, the head of United Nations agriculture agency stressed today.


Achieving 2030 Agenda will require overcoming rising ‘feeling of chaos,’ Belarus tells UN Assembly

26 September 2016 – There is a feeling among people today that the world is not “developing within the framework of rational order and common sense” as conflicts and an increasing number of transnational conflicts give rise to a feeling of chaos, the Deputy Vice Minister of Belarus told delegations in the United Nations today adding that such chaos exists side by side with unprecedented interconnectedness and technological progress.


Onus is on ‘us’ to ensure implementation of 2030 Agenda, Tanzanian Minister tells UN

26 September 2016 – Highlighting at the United Nations today his country’s initiatives to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of Tanzania emphasized the importance of collective efforts at local, national and international levels to achieve the goals in a timely manner.


African island nations at UN spotlight ‘blue’ economy, ocean’s ‘transformative power’ as key to survival

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, two small island nations in Africa today stressed that among the many challenges they face, harnessing the transformative power of the seas and building the ocean-based economy is of fundamental importance for their countries’ survival and sustainable growth.


Caribbean leaders, at UN Assembly, decry new financial rules; stress UN role in development

26 September 2016 – Declaring that Caribbean countries are being treated “as if they are hell on earth” due to new financial rules against tax havens, Bahamian Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to denounce the “immoral” withdrawal of normal banking services that inflict hardship on ordinary citizens.


At UN, Kyrgyz Minister cites ‘tangible blows’ to country’s economy due to climate change

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Erlan Abdyldavev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, expressed support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contain a number of targets that are priorities for his country, including poverty reduction, high-quality education, health care, economic growth and environmental protection.


Achieving Global Goals ‘not about ticking boxes,’ Dominica tells UN, urging action on climate, environment

24 September 2016 – As the world sharpened its focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must recognize the stakes for small island developing States, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Dominica told the United Nations today, noting that the 2030 Agenda must drive action on climate change, environmental protection and access to clean energy, all critical concerns for Caribbean countries.


Nepal, at UN, stresses national ownership and international partnership for success of Global Goals

24 September 2016 – Citing the enormity of global challenges, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, urged world leaders to undertake a solemn commitment to make the world “of tomorrow” better than the world “of today”.


At UN, South-east Asian ministers highlight region’s efforts on Global Goals

24 September 2016 – Several Southeast Asian nations today took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly to share lessons learned from their development efforts and highlight their visions to overcome the remaining challenges.