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17 Goals to Transform Our World

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

Governments, businesses and civil society together with the United Nations are mobilizing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Universal, inclusive and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world with no one left behind.

#BetheChangeUN winter clothing drive a huge success

December 14th, 2017|News|

The Department of Public Information (in cooperation and DM/OCSS and UNFCU Foundation) held a ‘Coats for Cups' coat drive on 28 November. The response from UN staff was tremendous and a wonderful start to the holiday season - we received a whole truckload worth of winter clothes! About 200 UN staff joined us in our efforts to sustainably reuse unworn clothes and give to those in need.

In Japan, UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth

December 14th, 2017|Health, News|

Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all.

Frieda and the SDGs: The Power of Storytelling

December 14th, 2017|News|

We all grow up with stories and nursery rhymes. Stories are everywhere and are passed down from one generation to the next. For over a year, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been working on a project to bring to life a local character to introduce the lessons of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Namibian child. The end result is, “Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report

December 13th, 2017|Health, News|

At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

One Planet Summit: Finance commitments fire-up higher momentum for Paris Agreement

December 12th, 2017|Climate change, News|

New investments in climate action from UN agencies, governments and businesses, plus initiatives to increase support for Africa, Caribbean, small island states and more were announced at the Paris event.

UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

December 12th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

‘Invest in the future, not the past;’ green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief

December 12th, 2017|Climate change, News|

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

Secretary-General’s remarks at the One Planet Summit

December 12th, 2017|Climate change, News, Secretary-General|

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS AT ONE PLANET SUMMIT Paris, 12 December 2017 [as delivered] President Macron, Excellencies, World Bank President Jim Kim, Ladies and gentlemen, We are not yet winning the war on climate change -- [...]