March 21, New York–Expanding the area of sustainably managed forests, especially in developing countries, is essential to meet the energy needs of billions of people who still use wood fuel as their energy source, according to United Nations officials and forest experts at an event held today marking the International Day of Forests.
The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage young people everywhere to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
(New York, 7 March)—At a time when women’s voices are rising around the world, International Women’s Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March through a rich diversity of initiatives, celebrating women’s achievements, opportunities and potential, while reflecting on this year’s theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 2 March 2017 — In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 70/301, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, will convene a high-level thematic discussion on the global […]
China’s Xiamen Airlines has committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations announced today. In an effort to create more awareness about the goals, the airline plans to paint the exterior of one of its aircraft in a special livery, a first for the airlines industry.
New York, 15 February – Calling for concrete actions to protect the oceans, the United Nations today launched an online register to collect voluntary commitments made by UN Member States, businesses, civil society organizations, […]
(New York, NY – 15 February 2017) – The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by […]
The Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data was prepared with inputs from the global statistical community and data experts from a wider range of stakeholders.
Modest global economic recovery expected, but return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive: UN report
Concerted policy efforts to revive investment and growth are needed to facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
New York, 17 January – Although a modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18, the world economy has […]
The Crystal Award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who have worked to improve the world in cross-cultural understanding, peacemaking, social inclusion, the environment, health, education or food security.
Press release: UN World Data Forum to launch new action plan and innovative data solutions to improve lives
Over 1,500 data leaders from government, business, science and civil society to collaborate on challenges and initiatives
(New York/Johannesburg, 13 January) — The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum is set to kick off on 15 January […]
The 2017 World Economic Situation and Prospects report will assess the current developments and outlook for the global economy. Facing major headwinds and heightened uncertainty, the world economy remains mired in a prolonged cycle of […]
The Secretary-General will launch the official 60-second countdown to the New Year, and call on people around the world to take action in support of the SDGs.
The Twitter chat will provide an opportunity for data experts to share their views, tools, experiences, and lessons learned ahead of the first UN Data Forum taking place in Cape Town in January.
In four days of intense debates and discussions on the future of the Internet, the Forum heard calls for concerted actions to ensure that the benefits of the Internet reach all members of society.
A new era of trade cooperation between China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation was opened in Moscow on 8 December 2016, when the governments of the three countries signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road Transport along the Asian Highway Network.
Finding new ways to empower women, youth and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) was a central sentiment shared by IGF attendees.
Plans are in high gear for the inaugural United Nations World Data Forum, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15-18 January 2017.
Noting that ICTs can deliver smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and more, the Secretary-General’s statement urged delegates to keep working to ensure universal access to a more open information society.
With a focus on addressing the challenges of today’s digital age and how to leverage the Internet to ensure it provides equal access to opportunities, the busy week-long Forum will run from today until December 9.
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 […]
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 […]
The Conference seeks to show the importance of sustainable transport in promoting economic and social development while protecting the environment.
Users of ePing will be able to easily keep up-to-date with notifications affecting foreign markets and products of particular interest to them.
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.”
The Secretary-General held a press stakeout on the day of the entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will invite representatives of civil society groups to a conversation with him at the UN Headquarters.
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.
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 […]
"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.
This year’s commemoration of World Mental Health Day focuses on Psychological First Aid: First-line of Support in Emergency Situations.
“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.
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.”
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.
World Environment Day is an annual global celebration to raise awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
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.
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.
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 […]
The assembled organizations agreed that access to clean and sustainable energy can transform broken lives, create empowering opportunities and bridge the humanitarian-development divide.
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 […]
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 […]
The use and misuse of antimicrobial drugs accelerates the emergence of drug-resistant strains, the WHO says.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications are open to individuals, institutions or partnerships based on past and current achievements.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
The press briefing will highlight how the Paris Climate Agreement has already begun to impact private sector operations and investments.
All press conferences and briefings will take place in the Press Briefing Room (S-237) except where noted. This schedule is subject to change.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
The theme “Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future” highlights the challenges of climate change and the path towards climate-resilient societies.
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.
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.
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.
UN Secretary-General appoints Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness
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.
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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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 […]
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.
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.
The Mechanism comprises a UN interagency task team on science, technology and innovation, an annual multistakeholder forum and an online platform.
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.
Press briefing will cover recent developments on climate change issues after the Paris agreement.
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.
The “No Impact Man” set to speak about his latest book on how to increase happiness through living sustainably.
"The investor community is of critical importance if we are to move from aspirations to action," Ban says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UN to hold a press briefing to present “Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision.”