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UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram

29 April 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Nigerian President-Elect.


UN agency unveils alternative policy agenda to transform economies, make gender equality a reality

27 April 2015 – A major new report released today in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN Women) calls for the transformation of economies to make women’s rights and equality a reality.


UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

24 April 2015 – Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers.


On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN urges increased opportunity in information and communications technology

23 April 2015 – Aiming to attract women to fields “where strong demand is creating global skills shortfall,” the tech community is gearing up to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ around the world.


‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

23 April 2015 – Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.


On World Book Day, UN hails reading and writing as pillars of sustainable societies

23 April 2015 – As global symbols of social progress, books have always been targets for those who reject freedom and tolerance, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education said today on World Book and Copyright Day, calling the occasion an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change lives for the better.


‘Make global goals a global reality’: UN chief urges climate action at Earth Day concert

19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.


Resources needed to get 21 million children into school in Middle East, North Africa – UNICEF

15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


INTERVIEW: At UN, tennis legend says human rights and sports ‘a perfect fit’

15 April 2015 – Tennis legend and gender equality activist Billie Jean King has had a stellar career in sports, identifying the boundaries that divide people and tearing them down. She was the first woman athlete to win over $100,000 in prize money in 1971 and, 10 years later, the first professional athlete to be “outed” as gay. She remains a steadfast supporter of issues at the heart of the United Nations – fair play, tolerance and building “a world where we are all united; no borders.”