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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Countries signed to UN-brokered illegal fishing treaty meet for first time

29 May 2017 – For the first time since a United Nations-brokered treaty to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing went into force, the countries that endorsed it are meeting in Norway to discuss how to make it a success.


With 'blue helmets' in harm's way every day, peacekeeping reforms and resources needed – UN chief

29 May 2017 – Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today said that peacekeeping must have the tools and rules it needs to adapt to the dangerous and challenging environments they face.


With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit, Secretary-General Guterres urges investment in youth

27 May 2017 – At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called world leaders to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa.


Intra-Syrian talks end with ‘incremental progress;’ possible resumption in June – UN negotiator

19 May 2017 – United Nations-facilitated talks to help resolve the Syrian conflict have ended on schedule in Geneva, where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said he was satisfied that some progress had been made, and that there had been “less rhetoric” on all sides.


Anaemic economic growth in some regions hampers progress on Global Goals, UN report finds

16 May 2017 – Over the last six months, global economic progress has predictably picked up, but low-level growth in some regions has tempered efforts to meet globally agreed development goals, according to a new United Nations report launched today in New York.


Time now to maximize on the opportunities offered in Haiti, highlights head of UN advisory group

12 May 2017 – Following their recent visit to Haiti, a United Nations advisory group on the island nation called on the international community to work closely with the Government and capitalize on the opportunities that have presented there.


'World's most powerful job creators,' small enterprises vital to achieving Global Goals – UN official

11 May 2017 – By leveraging their ingenuity and creativity to harness new market opportunities, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises can lead the way towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a senior United Nations official said today in remarks to a high-level meeting on the issue.


PODCAST: Saving ‘the blue heart of the planet’ with Sylvia Earle

08 May 2017 – As a little girl, Sylvia Earle, today perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean.


In Colombia's central Meta region, Security Council witnesses first-hand progress on peace deal

05 May 2017 – While touring the Amazon region of Colombia where one of the monitoring mechanism facilities was set up under a historic peace agreement, a delegation from the United Nations Security Council met today with members of La Referma community, as well as Government representatives and FARC-EP members.


New UN study makes 'strong' economic case for Africa's investment in green energy

05 May 2017 – Charting data from 54 African countries, a new UN atlas reveals the continent's energy potential; revealing that investment in renewable energy would strengthen its economic advancement.