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The way cities are planned, run and managed is crucial for development – UN deputy chief

09 June 2015 – In his address to the World Cities Summit in New York today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called on global leaders to adapt to the demographic and cultural shift that is taking place in cities worldwide in order to make them economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially vibrant.


UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities

09 June 2015 – Empowering persons with disabilities and securing their rights will advance society as a whole, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he urged strengthening global cooperation and partnership on the matter at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


In Tajikistan, Ban highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

09 June 2015 – Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.


Iraq: lack of funding for UN-led relief efforts leaves country on ‘verge of collapse’

08 June 2015 – Crisis-torn Iraq, one of the world’s most severe emergencies, is on the verge of collapse because of a lack of funding could force the closure of more than half the relief operations in the country over the coming weeks, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned.


Addressing Economic and Social Council, UN deputy chief advocates ‘true global pact for development’

08 June 2015 – Experience in the past two decades, particularly the 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has shown the potential of a “true global pact for development,” the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today during a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Summit for Social Development.


Almost 1,000 civilians killed in Afghanistan conflict during the first 4 months of this year

08 June 2015 – The conflict in Afghanistan is resulting in thousands of people being killed or wounded, forcing families to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring communities, according to Mark Bowden, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the country.


At G7 Summit, Ban outlines draft UN action plan to prevent violent extremism

08 June 2015 – Concerned by the spread of violent extremist groups and the “malicious and hateful ideologies” that fuel them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined elements of an action plan he will present later this year to reinforce good governance, which he sees as terrorism’s true deterrent.


Volunteers can contribute to the new global development agenda’s success – UN report

05 June 2015 – Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously under-valued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme finds.


UN refugee agency seeks $13 million to beef up protections for boat arrivals in Southeast Asia

05 June 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is seeking $13 million to help with the needs of new boat arrivals to countries in Southeast Asia, where thousands of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been risking their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.


UN agency boosting presence on Greek islands to deal with spike in refugee arrivals

05 June 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is stepping up its presence in the eastern Aegean islands of Greece where in recent weeks, sea arrivals have been averaging some 600 people a day from countries like Syria, Afghanistan Iraq and Turkey, severely straining local reception capacities.