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World must prioritize social protection as primary development tool, urge UN and World Bank

30 June 2015 – Now it is time for universal social protection to ensure no one is left behind, the heads of the International Labour Organization and the World Bank declared today, noting that universal primary education became a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, and 12 years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing universal health coverage.


Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

30 June 2015 – United Nations agencies tracking access to water and sanitation targets against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) warned today that the lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water.


In 2015, world must ‘realize great dream’ of sustainable development for all – UN Economic and Social Council chief

26 June 2015 – The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today opened the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, declaring that 2015 must be the year when the world’s people and leaders realize the dream of a new sustainability agenda.


Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.


In Geneva, UN rights chief calls for ‘urgent measures’ in promoting girls’ education

16 June 2015 – Although the empowerment of women has been among the most significant achievements of the past century, the international community must “push further” in its struggle to ensure the right to education for all girls, the top UN human rights official declared today.


In Tajikistan, Ban highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

09 June 2015 – Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.


INTERVIEW: Heading to Central Asia, UN chief pledges to promote ‘common response’ to region’s diverse challenges

08 June 2015 – Aiming to support and promote a common response to the many cross-border challenges Central Asia faces – from environmental degradation to drug trafficking and water scarcity – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region this week for meetings in which he will also touch on key UN priorities, such as ensuring sustainable development and tackling climate change.


Addressing Economic and Social Council, UN deputy chief advocates ‘true global pact for development’

08 June 2015 – Experience in the past two decades, particularly the 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has shown the potential of a “true global pact for development,” the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today during a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Summit for Social Development.


Ending hunger, boosting nutrition and tackling climate change top priorities – UN agriculture agency chief

08 June 2015 – José Graziano da Silva, two days after his re-election as the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for another four years, today announced that eradicating hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate change are among the agency’s top priorities during his second term.


On World Day, UN urges global resolve to ‘appreciate, protect and restore’ Earth’s oceans

08 June 2015 – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the UN kicked-off its celebrations for the 2015 edition of World Oceans Day.