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Devastation in cyclone’s wake illustrates need for targeted disaster response, Pacific leaders say at UN conference

17 March 2015 – With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm recovery efforts, as well as durable partnerships that would help their countries strengthen capacities to deal with such extreme weather events.


INTERVIEW: Gender equality remains ‘humanity’s biggest project,’ declares UN official

16 March 2015 – Twenty years ago in Beijing, countries signed on to a comprehensive global blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and achieving that goal remains “humanity’s biggest project,” according to senior United Nations official Lakshmi Puri.


In Nigeria, UN political chief delivers message of solidarity ahead of elections

16 March 2015 – The top United Nations political official arrived in Nigeria today for a two-day visit aimed at conveying the world body's support and solidarity with the country ahead of the general elections starting on 28 March.


#HappySoundsLike: UN launches social media campaign to create world’s happiest playlist

16 March 2015 – Does happiness have a sound? And, if so, what does it actually sound like?


‘Health at very center of disaster risk reduction,’ say UN agency officials in Sendai

15 March 2015 – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, powerful storms in the Asia-Pacific region and ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere are all stark reminders that health and stronger health system capacities must be central to the new framework for managing disaster risk currently being discussed in Sendai, Japan, senior United Nations health agency officials emphasized today.


Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda

12 March 2015 – Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.


In new report, UN agency promotes ‘agrocorridors’ as economic driver for developing countries

11 March 2015 – Targeted development programmes prioritising smallholder farmers can boost food security in lower-income countries and draw critical private capital to agricultural areas in need, according to a new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


In South Sudan town devastated by conflict, UN official condemns forced child conscription

10 March 2015 – Individuals responsible for the recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan must be held accountable for violating international law, the top United Nations official in the country declared today during a visit to the devastated frontline town of Malakal.


World must 'never relent' until gender equality becomes reality, UN women's commission told

09 March 2015 – As the Commission on the Status of Women opened its 59th session today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, delegates heard a keynote address calling for a revival of the “spirit of Beijing” to tackle problems that have persisted since the adopted in 1995 of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on gender equality and women's empowerment.


Adopting political declaration, UN urges world to 'step it up' to ensure gender equality by 2030

09 March 2015 – As women thrive, so will humanity but if girls are held back, the whole world will feel the pain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the high-level opening of the United Nations body tasked with the promotion of gender quality and the empowerment of women, which also saw the adoption of a political declaration reaffirming commitment to the outcome of the historic 1995 Beijing women's conference.