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On World Disaster Reduction Day, UN spotlights unique needs, vulnerabilities of older persons

13 October 2014 – Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations is spotlighting the need to address the vulnerabilities facing older persons, who suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries in different types of emergencies and disasters, ranging from weather events and epidemics to armed conflict.

Latin American, Caribbean nations at UN highlight unique challenges, climate change woes

30 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning, Suriname’s Foreign Minister Winston Guno Lackin called on the United Nations to “develop the muscles” needed to democratize itself and move away from the “restrictive” veto power.

New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

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).