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At Americas Summit in Panama, Ban urges nations to pursue prosperity with equality

10 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address in Panama to the seventh Summit of the Americas, commended the hemisphere's commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development, while urging leaders to continue to pursue a future of prosperity with equity, where no one is left behind.


New UN report shows wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

26 March 2015 – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to a United Nations report released today.


UN trade report calls on governments to improve environment for e-commerce

24 March 2015 – The scope for developing countries to participate in and benefit from e-commerce is expanding, according to a new United Nations report released today, with improved connectivity, new e-commerce applications, platforms and payment solutions, and the emergence of local e-commerce companies that are tailoring their services to local demands.


China and US telecoms giants lead global patent activity in 2014 – UN report

19 March 2015 – Three telecoms giants from China and the United States led international patent filings in 2014 in a fifth consecutive record-breaking year that “underscores the increasing importance of intellectual property as it moves from the periphery to the centre of the global economic system,” the United Nations reported today.


UN agency announces new digital system to prevent spread of plant pests

19 March 2015 – A new global electronic certification system aimed at reducing the spread of plant pests and diseases has been approved by representatives from more than 150 countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.


UN envoy Gordon Brown makes ‘plea from the heart’ to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools

18 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.


UN agency boosts food security efforts in countries affected by Syria crisis

17 March 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a scale-up in its support to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.


FEATURE: Academic who ‘puts his feet on the ground and works with people’ wins 2015 UN award for disaster risk reduction

17 March 2015 – A researcher who describes his work as “a life project of teaching, research and dissemination of ideas” has won the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction.


FEATURE: The journey is far from over, UN declares at women’s empowerment event

11 March 2015 – On a rainy evening in New York City yesterday, world leaders and grassroots activists packed the Hammerstein Ballroom to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing women’s conference and to declare that gender equality will be achieved by 2030 only if women are at the table making decisions alongside men.


Equality means business: UN urges private sector to help close gender gap

10 March 2015 – Although businesses were not part of the discussions at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference 20 years ago, it is now clear that achieving gender equality will require the concerted efforts of the private sector, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event at UN Headquarters.