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All eyes on UN as world body prepares to adopt new Sustainable Development Goals

24 September 2015 – World leaders, heads of global financial institutions and other dignitaries are heading to New York, where, after months of intense negotiations, the United Nations is set to launch a landmark new framework for sustainable development that will aim to end poverty and build a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind.

UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of youth to General Assembly

24 September 2015 – A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by top UN officials, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and youth representatives from an initiative called ‘Voices of Youth.’

Head of UN economic and social forum says women's rights will be enhanced by new sustainability goals

22 September 2015 – Addressing today a high-level gathering at United Nations Headquarters, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) declared that the empowerment of women and the full realization of their human rights are essential for achieving sustainable development and for building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Global partnership needs ‘rejuvenation’ to achieve new sustainable development agenda – UN report

18 September 2015 – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) achieved significant progress over the past 15 years, but persistent gaps in official development assistance and insufficient access to markets, affordable medicines and new technologies have highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership for development, according to a new United Nations report launched today.

Global malaria target met amid sharp drop in cases, but 3 billion people still at risk – UN

17 September 2015 – Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 per cent since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 per cent of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but efforts must be redoubled – UN report

09 September 2015 – Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, but it is not enough to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of a two-thirds reduction over the past 15 years, according to a new report released today by a number of United Nations agencies.

INTERVIEW: Global Goals give 'epic opportunity' to the world – Richard Curtis

04 September 2015 – Richard Curtis is known around the world as the film-maker behind international hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, as well as for his involvement with the charity Comic Relief.

However, over the past year, the British filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone has been working closely with the United Nations to help give prominence to something completely different – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 targets aimed at achieving three main objectives in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.

General Assembly hands over draft global sustainability agenda to UN Member States

01 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Civil society must be ‘equal partners’ in implementing UN sustainability agenda, Ban tells parliamentarians

31 August 2015 – With speakers of parliament meeting at United Nations Headquarters at a moment when the world is gripped by multiple crises – displacement has soared to all-time highs and the threat of climate change grows by the day – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the legislators to help drive forward the new UN sustainable development agenda and ensure that civil society are equal partners in “building the future we want.”