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Caribbean Island leaders in UN Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change

29 September 2014 – Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”


Uruguay urges rooting new sustainable development agenda in human rights

29 September 2014 – The basis of a new sustainable development agenda must be poverty eradication, rooted in a strong foundation of human rights and recognition of rights, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister today told the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a greater focus on equality.


At meeting with Pacific island leaders, Ban urges progress on climate change fight

26 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded Pacific Island nations for their “strong position” on the sustainable development of the world’s oceans and underscored the United Nations’ continuing role in assisting the region’s small island developing states (SIDS) in their battles against climate change and in their transition to democracy.


SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

03 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.


SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.


UN health agency calls for regulation of ‘e-cigarettes,’ curbs on advertising, sales to minors

26 August 2014 – Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control,” a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report said today, urging regulations to impede their promotion to non-smokers and young people.


UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said.