112, 2016

Press release: Launch of the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2016

Bangkok, 1 December – Stable economic conditions, reported in the second half of 2016, can provide an opportunity to internalize the economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions of sustainable development in a comprehensive manner, highlighted […]

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3011, 2016

Press release: Leaving No One Behind: The Imperative of Inclusive Development (World Social Situation Report 2016)

New York, 30 November – Despite unprecedented social progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion and limited access to social, economic and political opportunities, warns a new United Nations report.

The 2016 […]

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2811, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing on 2016 Report on the World Social Situation

 2016 Report on the World Social Situation  
“Leaving No One Behind – The Imperative of Inclusive Development”

Press Briefing

Despite unprecedented global social progress in recent years, social and economic inequalities persist.  As much as 40 per […]

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1011, 2016

Media advisory: Briefing on Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The Conference seeks to show the importance of sustainable transport in promoting economic and social development while protecting the environment.

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811, 2016

Global trade alert system launched to boost market access for developing countries

Users of ePing will be able to easily keep up-to-date with notifications affecting foreign markets and products of particular interest to them.

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411, 2016

UN calls for strong climate action as Paris Agreement enters into force

Meeting with civil society representatives, the Secretary-General said, “I ask each and every one of you to keep up the fight. Hold governments accountable and press for action.”

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411, 2016

Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at 4 November press stakeout

The Secretary-General held a press stakeout on the day of the entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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311, 2016

Report: World must cut further 25% from predicted 2030 emissions

UN Environment's Emissions Gap report finds that 2030 emissions are expected to reach levels far above that needed to have a chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C this century.

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211, 2016

Media advisory: Paris Agreement entry into force event

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will invite representatives of civil society groups to a conversation with him at the UN Headquarters.

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2510, 2016

Press briefing: Sustainable Transport Outlook Report

The Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport will present its first Global Sustainable Transport Outlook Report, a ten-point plan on how to advance sustainable transport worldwide.

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1710, 2016

Press Release: United Nations urges commitment to fight humiliation and exclusion to end poverty

New York, 17 October – Marking the 24th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), the United Nations today underscored the need to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured […]

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1010, 2016

UN, private sector to create platform for financing SDGs

"This global initiative can support the identification and piloting of innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions," Ban Ki-moon said.

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1010, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing for World Mental Health Day

This year’s commemoration of World Mental Health Day focuses on Psychological First Aid: First-line of Support in Emergency Situations.

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510, 2016

Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

“This is a momentous occasion,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the latest instruments of ratification were accepted in deposit. “What once seemed unthinkable, is now unstoppable.

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410, 2016

UN urges world to reject ageism at older persons event

The UN will mark the 26th International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) with a commemorative event focusing on the theme “Take a Stand against Ageism.”

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2909, 2016

Media advisory: Launch of the World Economic and Social Survey 2016

The World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2016 focuses on how vulnerable population groups and communities are disproportionately affected by climate hazards.

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2209, 2016

More than $2B pledged for well-being of women, children, adolescents

The pledges, made by long-standing and new partners in the Every Woman Every Child movement, are part of new commitments in support of the the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents' Health.

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2109, 2016

Paris Climate Agreement moves closer to entry into force in 2016

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2009, 2016

Media advisory: UN, Canada to announce partnership for World Environment Day

World Environment Day is an annual global celebration to raise awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

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2009, 2016

Media advisory: High-Level Panel on Water stakeout

The High Level Panel on Water, which consists of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, issued today a Call to Action that advocates for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water.

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2009, 2016

New HeForShe report puts spotlight on gender equality in global universities

UN Women unveiled the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report in which 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments toward achieving gender parity.

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2009, 2016

World marks first anniversary of historic plan to improve the lives of people everywhere 

One year since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more than 140 world leaders as well as high-level officials from the private sector, civil society […]

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1909, 2016

Broad coalition calls for refugees’ energy needs to be met

The assembled organizations agreed that access to clean and sustainable energy can transform broken lives, create empowering opportunities and bridge the humanitarian-development divide.

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1909, 2016

United Nations Announces Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, today unveiled the inaugural class of UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Social Good Summit in New York.

The 17 Young Leaders have […]

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1609, 2016

Media advisory: First anniversary of SDGs to be marked at General Assembly

Over 140 world leaders to gather in New York as UN marks first year anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals
19-23 September, UN Headquarters in New York
Since the unanimous adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the […]

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1409, 2016

Press briefing: What is antimicrobial resistance?

The use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs accelerates the emergence of drug-resistant strains, the WHO says.

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1409, 2016

Media briefing on 21 Sept. climate event

The event will provide an opportunity for countries to deposit instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement and to recognize countries that have joined already.

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609, 2016

Media advisory: Climate Neutral Now sport and development event

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura and UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development David Nabarro will discuss the role sport plays in international climate action.

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108, 2016

New global survey shows E-government emerging as a powerful tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Kingdom, followed by  Australia and the Republic of Korea, lead the world in providing government services and information through the Internet, according to a new survey released today by the United Nations showing […]

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2007, 2016

First report card maps scope of SDGs progress

Report reveals that benefits of development are not equally shared by all
New York, 19 July 2016 – As the world begins the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development […]

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1807, 2016

Press briefing: Business engagement on SDGs

The briefing will address the reasons why the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action are important to business, and how the private sector is engaging in the 2030 Agenda.

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1807, 2016

Press Release: UN Secretary-General invites all Member States to event on 21 September aimed at accelerating Paris Agreement entry into force

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016.

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1107, 2016

Press release: UN to shine spotlight on SDGs efforts

For the first time since last year’s historic adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 goals, countries will meet in New York at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development from 11-20 July.

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807, 2016

Global conference sets health action agenda for the implementation of the Paris Agreement

Participants attending the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate proposed key actions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change.

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807, 2016

Press briefing: Forum to examine early SDG implementation efforts

The 2016 High-level Political Forum will see 22 countries — developed and developing— presenting an overview of their plans to achieve the Goals during the ministerial segment on 18-20 July.

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2406, 2016

Ban Ki-moon announces Common Ground initiative with advertising’s ‘Big Six’ to support SDGs

“Today, the communications industry is taking a historic, first-of-its-kind step to beat poverty, injustice and inequality,” said the Secretary-General, speaking at the Lions Festival of Creativity, Cannes.

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2306, 2016

UN highlights role of public service in achieving SDGs

Emphasizing the critical role that public institutions must play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN marked 2016 Public Service Day today by focusing on how to mobilize public institutions for the implementation of the SDGs.

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2006, 2016

Film4Climate Global Video Competition Opens, In Search of Short Videos to Inspire the World

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1606, 2016

UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning American actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.

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1506, 2016

Sustainable Energy for All shifts gear to speed delivery of affordable, clean energy

Sustainable Energy for All – the global, multi-stakeholder platform that played a core role in putting universal access to modern energy services at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris climate agreement – is shifting gear with a new five-year strategy that will drive action and deliver on those promises.

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1406, 2016

Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Key to Achieve New Development Agenda

Implementing the new Sustainable Development Agenda for all persons with disabilities will be the main focus of the Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as they meet in New York from 14-16 June.

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1106, 2016

UN Secretary-General to Visit Solar Impulse at JFK Airport

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with the pilots and founders of the Solar Impulse, the first solar plane capable of flying day and night without using a drop of fuel that is attempting to circumnavigate the globe, on Monday, 13 June, during the expedition’s stopover in New York City.

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906, 2016

‘Science of Cities’ Tool Measures Impact of Cities on People

UN-Habitat will release details of a new scientific tool that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers.

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806, 2016

Monitoring World Urbanization Trends and Conditions with a Global Sample of Cities

UN Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory has created a new UN Global Sample of Cities to monitor, report, and advise on world urbanization trends, conditions and developments.

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806, 2016

Bold new Political Declaration on Ending AIDS adopted in New York

A progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration on Ending AIDS has today been adopted by Member States at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, taking place in New York, United States of America. The Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets that must be reached by 2020 to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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706, 2016

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

More than 30 cities playing a leading role in the AIDS response meet to discuss ongoing strategies and innovations in their cities that are improving health and development

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606, 2016

Concern about marine ecosystems at center of World Oceans Day observances

Growing concern over the health of marine ecosystems is at the center of United Nations observances to mark World Oceans Day 2016 on 8 June.

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1905, 2016

Rate of Environmental Damage Increasing Across Planet but Still Time to Reverse Worst Impacts

The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done to the planet, says the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment.

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1605, 2016

Governments Enter New Era of Collaboration on Climate Change

Speaking at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (16 to 26 May), the UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres said that following the successful conclusion of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement in Paris last year, governments are leaving behind the phase of negotiations and entering a new era of collaboration.

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1205, 2016

Launch of World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-2016 Report

Economic activity in the world economy remains lacklustre, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016 report, launched today.

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1005, 2016

Media advisory: Briefing to present World Economic Situation and Prospect as of mid- 2016 Report

Economic activity in the world economy remains weak with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016, says an updated UN report to be released 12 May.

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505, 2016

Cities Define Key Obstacles to Achieving Climate Goals & Solutions to Overcome Them

For the first time, representatives from more than 80 of the world’s largest cities have revealed the barriers that are limiting their ambitions to tackle climate change, in a new analysis released today by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities also presents a corresponding set of innovative and replicable solutions to overcome these challenges.

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405, 2016

Call for applications for US$1M sustainable energy grant

Applications are open to individuals, institutions or partnerships based on past and current achievements.

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305, 2016

Ban intends to appoint Erik Solheim new UNEP director

The Secretary-General informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as the new Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

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2704, 2016

Press briefing: UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific.

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2704, 2016

UN launches partnership initiative to promote South-South cooperation on climate change

A new initiative that will build partnerships that help developing countries to assist other developing countries implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Development Agenda was launched in New York by the United Nations in the margins of last week’s Climate Signing event.

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2204, 2016

Record support for advancing Paris Climate Agreement entry into force

In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris climate agreement adopted last December, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement at a ceremony at UN Headquarters today that far exceeded the historical record for first-day […]

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2104, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing on civil society and Paris Agreement

At this press briefing, civil society leaders from a wide sector of stakeholders will react to the signing, report on what’s been happening since December, and discuss steps forward for climate action.

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2104, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing on the impact of the Paris Agreement on business

The press briefing will highlight how the Paris Climate Agreement has already begun to impact private sector operations and investments.

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2104, 2016

Media advisory: List of 22 April press conferences

All press conferences and briefings will take place in the Press Briefing Room (S-237) except where noted. This schedule is subject to change.

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2104, 2016

More than 165 Countries Expected to Sign Climate Change Agreement at Ceremony on 22 April at United Nations Headquarters

More than 165 countries have indicated that they will sign the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris last December at a signature ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tomorrow, Friday, 22 April.

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2004, 2016

Indigenous Mbororo woman to speak at Paris Agreement signing ceremony on 22 April

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an Indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad, is the speaker selected to represent civil society at the 22 April signing ceremony of the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris last December.

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1804, 2016

Media advisory: 19 April press briefing on Paris Agreement signing ceremony

MEDIA ADVISORY
18 April 2016
Press briefing on the Signing Ceremony for the Paris Climate Agreement
19 April, UN Headquarters in New York
More than 150 countries have indicated that they will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change […]

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1804, 2016

Media Advisory: High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Seeking to drive forward implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking into account its strong interlinkages with the Paris Climate Agreement, President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene […]

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1404, 2016

Media advisory: ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

The 3-day Forum aims to track progress and identify gaps and challenges to the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), monitor the financing for development outcomes and promote the sharing of lessons from experiences at the national and regional levels.

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1404, 2016

Media advisory: Briefing on ‘Water and Jobs’ report

Briefing on the 2016 UN World Water Development Report, “Water and Jobs”
1:15 p.m., Thurs., 14 April

Three out of four jobs worldwide are water-dependent. Water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the […]

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1104, 2016

UN stresses demographic data as key to achieving SDGs

A report of the UN Secretary-General notes that well-maintained, centralized population registers are one of the best sources of information on fertility, mortality and migration.

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704, 2016

Record number of signatures expected for climate change agreement on 22 April

More than 130 countries have confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April, the first day that the agreement will be open for signature.

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104, 2016

Secretary-General commends US-China commitment to Paris Agreement

The Secretary-General commends the announcement that China and the United States will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at the UN on 22 April.

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2903, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing on ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

Recognizing that addressing inequalities within and between countries is critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is convening […]

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2903, 2016

Countries to begin negotiations on elements for a binding instrument to conserve and sustainably use marine biodiversity

The first negotiating session of a Preparatory Committee established by the General Assembly to discuss the elements of a draft text of a legally binding instrument to improve the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the world’s oceans in areas beyond national jurisdiction will take place from 28 March-8 April 2016.

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2303, 2016

WMO report: 2015 shattered temperature records

State of the Climate: Record Heat and Weather Extremes
World Meteorological Day: Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future
 

Geneva 21 March 2016 (WMO) – The year 2015 made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, […]

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2203, 2016

Media advisory: World Meteorological Day press briefing

The theme “Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future” highlights the challenges of climate change and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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2203, 2016

UN Women unveils new Media Compact for gender equality

The Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact brings together a broad coalition of media outlets to ensure wide reach and robust efforts towards women’s rights.

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2203, 2016

Businesses show SDG support with new #WASHforWork initiative

11 leading organizations introduced a new initiative called WASH4Work, aimed at mobilizing greater business action to address water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges in the workplace, communities where workers live, and across supply chains.

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2103, 2016

Threats to forests could imperil global freshwater supplies

Safeguarding forests is essential for sustainable management of global freshwater resources and avoiding water shortages, according to United Nations officials and forest experts at an event today marking the International Day of Forests.

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1803, 2016

UN Secretary-General appoints Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness

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1503, 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon honoured with ‘Delivering for Girls and Women’ Award

The first-ever ‘Delivering for Girls and Women’ award was given today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in recognition of his work and achievements to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.

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1103, 2016

UN Statistical Commission agrees on global indicator framework

As the final piece of the architecture for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the proposed global indicator framework for the SDGs was agreed by the 47th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission which closed today.

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2602, 2016

Media advisory: 8 April deadline to request accreditation for Paris Agreement Signature Ceremony

Media members applying for accreditation must submit a request on official letterhead of a media organization, signed by the Publisher, Editor-in-chief, or Assignment Editor.

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1902, 2016

Applications for 2016 Momentum for Change Awards open now

Submit Your Climate Solution and be Celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Starting today, organizations, cities, industries, governments and other key players that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can […]

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502, 2016

Media advisory: Two events to end Female Genital Mutilation

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), officially celebrated on 6 February, an event will take place at UN headquarters on 8 February.

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2901, 2016

Special event: Towards a Cervical Cancer Free World

On World Cancer Day, join us to shed light on cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries, which kills over 250,000 women annually.

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2901, 2016

Ban appoints group to support tech facilitation mechanism

The Mechanism comprises a UN interagency task team on science, technology and innovation, an annual multistakeholder forum and an online platform.

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2901, 2016

Ban appoints Pasztor senior adviser on climate change

Pasztor most recently served as the Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change in the lead up and successful conclusion of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement.

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2901, 2016

Press briefing with Janos Pasztor, ASG on Climate Change

Press briefing will cover recent developments on climate change issues after the Paris agreement.

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2801, 2016

Youth Forum to explore youth role in sustainable development agenda

More than 800 youth leaders from around the world will gather at the ECOSOC Youth Forum to examine the role of young people in implementing, communicating and realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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2701, 2016

Media advisory: ‘No Impact Man’ Colin Beavan to speak at UN

The “No Impact Man” set to speak about his latest book on how to increase happiness through living sustainably.

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2701, 2016

Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at Investor Summit on Climate Risk

"The investor community is of critical importance if we are to move from aspirations to action," Ban says.

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2701, 2016

Global investors mobilize action in wake of Paris Climate Agreement

Ceres and the UN Foundation convene some 500 financial leaders at the UN to scale clean energy opportunities and manage the fossil fuel risks from the low-carbon transition.

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2601, 2016

World leaders invited to Paris Agreement signing ceremony on April 22

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year.

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2501, 2016

WMO confirms 2015 as hottest year on record

The World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that the global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, at 0.76° Celsius above the 1961-1990 average.

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2101, 2016

Full text of ground-breaking assessment highlighting threats to world’s oceans from human activities made public

Report warns that a failure to quickly respond to problems poses greatest threat to oceans.

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2101, 2016

Secretary-General announces High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child

Secretary-General announces High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. The Group includes leaders from governments, business community, philanthropists, young people’s network and civil society to champion women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

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1901, 2016

Secretary-General appoints advocates to build widespread support for the Sustainable Development Goals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of a group of eminent persons to assist in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted last September.

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1201, 2016

244 million international migrants living abroad worldwide, new UN statistics reveal

The number of international migrants -- persons living in a country other than where they were born -- reached 244 million in 2015 for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to 2000, according to new data presented by the United Nations today. This figure includes almost 20 million refugees.

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801, 2016

Media advisory: Press briefing on trends in international migration

UN to hold a press briefing to present “Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision.”

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