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At UN, Southern African leaders underline importance of regional efforts for sustainable development

20 September 2016 – In their respective addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, Southern African leaders stressed the importance of regional efforts, such as within the African continent through the African Union (AU) to realize a better and sustainable future for all.


UN official unveils draft principles on protecting human rights of refugees and migrants

20 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today unveiled a draft set of principles that urge the international community to build on the momentum created by the adoption yesterday, by UN Member States, of a landmark declaration on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants by including the critical issue of human rights in all discussions focusing on large-scale, perilous and irregular migration movements.


UN Women launches report spotlighting gender equality in global universities

20 September 2016 – On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled a report by 10 global universities that lays out their concrete commitments and charts their progress towards achieving gender parity.


Jordan’s king warns UN Assembly that both Islamophobia and Islam ‘outlaws’ threaten world

20 September 2016 – King Abdullah II of Jordan today decried both Western Islamophobia and the terrorist “outlaws” who sully the name of Islam, warning the United Nation General Assembly that both threaten the future of society.


US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.


As ‘environment powerhouse,’ Brazil to join Paris climate accord, President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, the President of Brazil today pledged that his country will formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by depositing its instrument of ratification at a special event tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General.


Global Goals ‘simple answer’ to delivering results world so desperately needs – UN Assembly President

20 September 2016 – While it is evident the 2030 Agenda is being increasingly used as the framework for improved national development plans around the world, “we are far from where we need to be,” the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today, opening the 193-member body’s annual general debate with a strong call to do more to end conflict, erase poverty and bolster human rights for all.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”


At Forum, Ban stresses key role of business in securing way forward on Global Goals

19 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the crucial role businesses play in the realization of Global Goals, or Sustainable Development Goals, adopted a year ago by 193 countries.


Mobile app raises awareness of Global Goals, connects people who want to make a difference

19 September 2016 – In collaboration with partners, the United Nations has launched a mobile application to provide a global forum for industry, governments and individual citizens to collectively realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).