19 November 2013 – While a vast majority of the world's population has access to mobile phones, one third of humanity – some 2.5 billion people – do not have access to proper sanitation, including decent toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.
19 November 2013 – With its first official observance of World Toilet Day, the United Nations today called on the international community to help break taboos around toilets, which are still out of reach to more than one-third of the global population, and make sanitation a global development priority.
16 November 2013 – Continuing his visit to Estonia on Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda.
15 November 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Latvia’s multilateral efforts as he started a three-country tour of the Baltic States ahead of his participation in the high-level session of a United Nations conference on climate change being held in Poland.
14 November 2013 – Members of parliament around the world play a crucial role in shaping and implementing the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations General Assembly President stressed today.
14 November 2013 – In addition to economic benefits, the creative economy - which includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts - also contributes significantly to inclusive social development, dialogue and understanding between people, the United Nations today reported.
11 November 2013 – From climate change to public health, science and technology can help countries forge a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, marking the start of the International Week of Science and Peace.
08 November 2013 – With myriad technological, demographic and financial factors impacting all facets of labour – perhaps even giving the idea of work an altogether different meaning in the years to come – two key United Nations bodies joined forces today to examine “the future of employment” and the need for bold action to ensure the post-2015 development agenda provides decent work for all.
08 November 2013 – With diplomats set to gather in Warsaw next week to pick up negotiations on a binding climate deal, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stressed today that small farmers in developing countries must have a greater role in the talks as they are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
07 November 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of preparing for extreme weather patterns in Burkina Faso, which as has much of the Sahel region, been impacted by climate change, and urged national leaders to work with the United Nations and the international community to obtain the necessary resources to mitigate and adapt to the impacts.