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At UN, Kyrgyz Minster cites ‘tangible blows’ to country’s economy due to climate change

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Erlan Abdyldavev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, expressed support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contain a number of targets that are priorities for his country, including poverty reduction, high-quality education, health care, economic growth and environmental protection.


2030 Agenda should be on ‘the walls of every planning ministry,’ Iceland tells world leaders at UN

24 September 2016 – Emphasizing that the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s “common roadmap” to sustainability, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland underlined the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on time.


In UN Assembly, Liechtenstein denounces Security Council’s ‘shameful indifference’ on Syria

24 September 2016 – Accusing the United Nations Security Council of “shameful indifference” and “failure” in stopping the mass atrocities committed in Syria, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call on the 15-member body to face up to its responsibilities with a change of political culture.


Least developed countries will miss 2021 targets without world support – deputy UN chief

24 September 2016 – Unless progress speeds up considerably with full support from the international community, the world's least developed countries (LDCs) will miss the growth and productivity targets they have set themselves by the target date of 2021, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned today.


Ban laments 'dark day' for civilian protection as bombing of Aleppo intensifies

24 September 2016 – Amid reports of raging battles in and around war-torn Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called this a “dark day” for the global commitment to protect civilians, and stressed that the use of 'bunker buster' bombs and other indiscriminate weapons in densely populated areas may amount to war crimes.


At UN Assembly, Uzbekistan cites links between 2030 Agenda, climate action

23 September 2016 – Recalling the progress made by Uzbekistan over the past 25 years, its Minister for Foreign Affairs said today that the country will remain firmly committed to the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter, as well as the country’s national constitution.


Citing vulnerability of small islands, Pacific leaders urge early entry into force of Paris climate accord

23 September 2016 – Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.


Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


European leaders at UN call for stronger political action to tackle terrorism, end Syrian crisis

23 September 2016 – While political dialogue and multilateral negotiations might be tedious processes, they are nevertheless the surest way to secure lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, the Prime Minister of Belgium said today, joining other European leaders at the United Nations today calling for broad-based diplomatic action to end five years of chaos and bloodshed in Syria.


UN unveils data partnership with Twitter in support of Global Goals

23 September 2016 – The United Nations Global Pulse initiative today announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders last year.