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INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

1 July – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In the French capital, countries will discuss an agreement intended to succeed to the landmark Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

1 July – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”


World must prioritize social protection as primary development tool, urge UN and World Bank

30 June – Now it is time for universal social protection to ensure no one is left behind, the heads of the International Labour Organization and the World Bank declared today, noting that universal primary education became a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, and 12 years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing universal health coverage.


Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

30 June – United Nations agencies tracking access to water and sanitation targets against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) warned today that the lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water.


'Journey towards bold climate action is at a critical moment,' UN General Assembly told

29 June – Development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Member States today as he opened a High-Level Event on Climate Change convened in New York by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.


In San Francisco, Ban celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter – 'compass' to a better world

26 June – Bringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in San Francisco, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.”


On World Day, UN says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development

26 June – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world.


Perpetrators of ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia must be brought to justice - UN

26 June – Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks carried out separately today in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that, far from weakening the world’s resolve, the heinous incidents will only strengthen commitment to defeating all forms of terrorism.


‘Business can be a global force for good,’ Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

25 June – The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.


UN deputy chief asks stakeholders to consider assessed contribution for peacebuilding

24 June – The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund is “something positive which works, in a troubled, turbulent and turmoil-driven world,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, while asking its stakeholders to consider devoting a small amount of assessed contributions for peacebuilding purposes.


Ban hails creation of International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

23 June – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to establish 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.


UN deputy chief urges ramped-up support for global peacebuilding efforts

23 June – The international community must boost material and financial support for peacebuilding initiatives in order to better help countries emerging from conflict build a sustainable and peaceful future, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today.


On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

23 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.


Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

23 June – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.


General Assembly awards first-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize to nationals of Namibia and Portugal

22 June – The President of the United Nations General Assembly announced today that the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize will be awarded to Dr. Helena Ndume, of Namibia, and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio, of Portugal.


Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

21 June – The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.


Adopting resolution, UN creates International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

19 June – In an effort to boost the global fight against the horrors faced by women and girls in zones of conflict worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly today approved by consensus a new resolution to commemorate 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.


UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical ‘moral issue’

18 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of our planet.


Humanitarian needs at ‘all-time high,’ top UN relief official tells Economic and Social Council

17 June – Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, the top United Nations relief official declared today, stressing that while the Organization needs no less than $18.8 billion to meet the needs of nearly 80 million people, it has received only 26 per cent of that amount.


‘Essential shifts’ needed for UN to tackle new peacekeeping challenges, report reveals

16 June – Focus on the political solutions, responsive and flexible operations, stronger partnerships and field-focused and people-centered mandates; these are the essential shifts the United Nations must urgently address as it faces challenging new landscapes in peacekeeping and conflict prevention, the chair of a high-level expert panel said today, introducing a long-awaited report at the world body’s New York Headquarters.


UN and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly launch #whyspacematters photo contest

16 June – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and United States astronaut Scott Kelly, currently on board the International Space Station, today launched a global photography competition to highlight the importance of outer space for sustainable development on Earth.


General Assembly elects former Danish Foreign Minister as President of 70th session

15 June – The United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its upcoming 70th session.


On World Day, UN chief shines spotlight on once-taboo topic of elder abuse

15 June – The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, as he reminded people around the world of the importance of making “a vocal, public response” to support the rights of older persons to a life free of violence and abuse.


On World Day, UN launches education appeal in fight against child labour

12 June – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment – a scourge that consumes over one hundred million children worldwide.


At annual meeting, UN committee on space issues renews focus on sustainability and climate change

10 June – The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space opened its annual session in Vienna today with the role of sustainability and climate change in outer space activities taking centre stage, the United Nations space agency has reported.


Religious leaders at forefront of fight against intolerance, says UN chief

10 June – Religious leaders have a pivotal role to play in times of turmoil, during which they can provide a values-based glue to hold communities together and provide common ground for peace-making and problem solving, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at a conference in Kazakhstan.


At UN-backed forum, Africa's least developed countries pledge to transform their economies

9 June – Voicing determination to transform the structure of their economies and graduate from their status as some of the world's poorest nations, Ministers from the least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa at a United Nations-supported meeting in Milan have pledged to draw on their countries' great potential to boost growth and lock in sustainable development.


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

9 June – 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.


INTERVIEW: Heading to Central Asia, UN chief pledges to promote ‘common response’ to region’s diverse challenges

8 June – Aiming to support and promote a common response to the many cross-border challenges Central Asia faces – from environmental degradation to drug trafficking and water scarcity – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region this week for meetings in which he will also touch on key UN priorities, such as ensuring sustainable development and tackling climate change.


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

8 June – 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.


On World Day, UN urges global resolve to ‘appreciate, protect and restore’ Earth’s oceans

8 June – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the UN kicked-off its celebrations for the 2015 edition of World Oceans Day.


In Germany ahead of G7 summit, Ban rallies support for ‘once-in-a-generation’ UN sustainability agenda

7 June – The world has before it a unique opportunity to build a better future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Bonn, Germany, where he urged broad support for a trio of course-correcting United Nations events in 2015 that aim to lock down agreements on protecting the planet, ensuring sustainable development and unleashing the finances and technology to ensure these vital goals are achieved.


Ban to convene international Ebola recovery conference in New York

2 June – To help mobilize needed resources “in the last mile of the response” against the Ebola outbreak and to start the affected West African countries on the path of early recovery, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will convene an international conference next month.


After 65 years, UN agency remains ‘vital stabilizing factor’ for Palestine refugees in Middle East – Ban

2 June – Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to serve others.


As UN marks Buddhist holiday, Ban pays tribute to the victims of Nepal earthquake

1 June – On the Day of Vesak, which acknowledges the contribution of Buddhism to the spirituality of humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is paying special tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal over a month ago.


‘Give young people decent jobs and they will create a better future’ – UN chief

1 June – When young people have decent jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle and real influence in the world, they will create a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he kicked off a Headquarters event on empowering youth through employment.


Inclusion and active involvement of youth vital to success of UN sustainability agenda – Ban

29 May – The United Nations General Assembly today commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth with an acknowledgement that young people have been “disproportionately” affected by many global challenges but “are ready and willing to be actively involved in shaping their future.”


UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to ‘wanton’ destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage

28 May – The United Nations General Assembly today expressed outrage that attacks on Iraq’s cultural heritage are being used as a tactic of war to spread terror and hatred, “a new phenomenon,” the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) labelled as a form of “cultural cleansing” threatening the people and security in the region.


In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Viet Nam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

22 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Trương Tấn Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping shape a new development agenda.


On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development, eradicating poverty

22 May – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.


2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

21 May – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.


On World Day, UN warns global cultural diversity ‘under attack’

21 May – As the planet’s cultural diversity comes under continued attack from militant groups espousing virulent forms of intolerance, the international community must fight back through openness and acceptance of the world’s myriad traditions, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.