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On World Day, UN spotlights tourism’s role in promoting sustainable development

27 September 2014 – In harnessing the benefits of global tourism, the international community will take “critical” steps forward in advancing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and post-2015 development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Faced with existential climate threat, small island nations sound climate alarm at UN

27 September 2014 – In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou VI of Tonga, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama, and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, all reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change and for sustainable development amid growing environmental challenges for small island developing States (SIDS).


Rich must help poorer States in post-2015 development, Bangladesh tells UN Assembly

27 September 2014 – From the podium of the General Assembly today, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for global aid for poorer countries as the United Nations draws up the post-2015 agenda, an ambitious multi-year development blueprint that aims to eliminate poverty and protect the environment.


India’s leader calls for genuine global partnership for peace and prosperity at UN Assembly

27 September 2014 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in the name of 1.25 billion compatriots, issued a fervent plea from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today for genuine global partnership to further peace, inclusive development and an environmentally sustainable world.


Specter of climate change looms large, say small island nations at UN

26 September 2014 – Leaders of small island developing nations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to prioritize climate change and assist in their front line battle against its mounting impact.


Haiti calls for a reformed, strengthened UN at General Assembly high-level debate

26 September 2014 – President Michel Martelly of Haiti, which United Nations missions have helped overcome natural disasters and political crises, took the podium of the General Assembly today to call for strengthening the world Organization in the face of the myriad emergencies it faces.


UN chief urges countries to “create a better future,” ratify nuclear-test-ban treaty

26 September 2014 – While the damage caused by past nuclear testing cannot be reversed, the international community can work toward a better future where nuclear testing and proliferation are banned outright, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Africa’s concerns must figure high in new development agenda, African leaders tell UN

26 September 2014 – Availing themselves of the spotlight afforded by the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, African leaders served notice today that the multi-year United Nations agenda for sustainable development now being drawn up must address fully their continent’s specific concerns.


Moroccan Prime Minister presents development model to UN Assembly

25 September 2014 – Unless the international community supports developing countries to help them achieve progress and ensure security and stability, the world will face more conflicts and greater fanaticism, violence and terrorism, Morocco’s Prime Minister warned the United Nations General Assembly.


On World Maritime Day, UN urges ratification of conventions to protect global seaways

25 September 2014 – The implementation of measures ensuring shipping safety, maritime security and the protection of the marine environment can only be guaranteed if Member States ratify conventions enshrined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations officials said today.