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Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development, says UN expert

27 October 2016 – Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development.


Syria: UN education envoy urges International Criminal Court probe into Idlib school attack

27 October 2016 – The United Nations envoy for education today called for an immediate investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into what he called a war crime in Syria – the latest attacks on a school compound in the western province of Idlib that left at least 20 pupils and teachers dead.


New solutions needed to tackle mounting sovereign debt crisis – UN trade and development agency

26 October 2016 – Prior to a meeting today at the United Nations on sovereign debt restructuring, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced that in order to deal with sovereign debt crises – which are creating a growing threat to economic stability in many developing countries – the world is in need of new ways to tackle the problem.


Statistical capabilities need major upgrade to achieve 2030 Agenda – UN agriculture chief

26 October 2016 – “Tremendous” efforts and increased investments are expected from countries and international organizations in order to improve national statistical capacities in achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Zero Hunger target, José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in Rome.


UN statistics forum addresses efforts to support Global Goal on gender equality

24 October 2016 – Today marks the start of the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, a two day event in Helsinki, Finland, that will highlight ways to improve data on gender in order to support better policies for women and girls and Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


INTERVIEW: To be sustainable, cities should be more connected, inclusive and dynamic – ICAO chief

24 October 2016 – A Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between urban development and aviation was signed in Quito, Ecuador, during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.


UN cites ‘worrying reversal’ in efforts to tackle illicit drugs as Afghan opium production soars

24 October 2016 – Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43 per cent to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 from 2015, according to the latest figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


Global Goals can 'propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,' Ban says on UN Day

24 October 2016 – In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous UN staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to respond to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world.