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44 stories found over the past 45 days
On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May 2016 – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.


WHS: Humanitarian summit has ‘set new course,’ says Ban, calling for action on commitments

24 May 2016 – Hailing the global community’s achievements at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change from the top down and from the ground up.


Economic development in Africa centres around urbanization – UN-backed report

24 May 2016 – With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, how Africa urbanizes will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, a new report presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found.


WHS: Humanitarian aid is 'failing' – in an interview, UN advisor tells why

24 May 2016 – The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey.


WHS: New fund launched at UN humanitarian summit to address education in crisis zones

23 May 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the launch of a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.


In Vienna, UN Crime Commission opens with call to advance justice, rule of law

23 May 2016 – The main United Nations anti-crime forum opened in Vienna today with calls to strengthen justice and the rule of law and help build resilient institutions in support of the global development goals, which recognize the connections between poverty, security, crime and corruption.


UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

20 May 2016 – Tourism plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and building peace, participants from more than 100 countries gathered at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China, this week have said, calling for greater efforts to step up international cooperation in that regard.


Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others – UN report

20 May 2016 – Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.


Ahead of end of UN forum, participation of indigenous people in development targets urged

19 May 2016 – As the 2016 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues prepares to close tomorrow, three participants in the session today underscored the importance of solidifying the participation of indigenous people in UN mechanisms to ensure that they are not left behind in the achievement of sustainable development targets.


On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

17 May 2016 – The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.