2106, 2017

World population projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100 – says UN

New York, 21 June – The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations […]

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1906, 2017

New global and regional population estimates and projections presented by the United Nations

Press Briefing, Wednesday, 21 June

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1406, 2017

Migrants send home 51 per cent more money than a decade ago lifting millions out of poverty, says new report

Press launch on 14 June in New York

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1206, 2017

Including Persons with Disabilities to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Achieve Sustainable Development for All

Special focus on inclusion and participation as Governments and organizations gather for the largest international meeting on the rights of persons with disability

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906, 2017

Countries agree on decisive and urgent actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference concludes (Press release)

Universal agreement on need for measures to reverse ocean deterioration 

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906, 2017

UN-Nippon Foundation partnership launches new programme to train ocean professionals in developing countries (Press release)

The United Nations, through the Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and the Nippon Foundation have announced a new UN-Nippon Foundation “Sustainable Ocean Programme” to train ocean […]

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806, 2017

Press Briefing Small Island leaders: Oceans and Climate Change, the Way Forward (Media Advisory)

UN Headquarters, New York, 9 June 2017

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706, 2017

SDG Advocates participate in inspiring high-level panel at European Development Days, call for empathy

On June 7 at the European Development Days in Brussels, a number of the SDG Advocates participated in an emotive and thought-provoking panel on “What transformative changes are needed to fulfill the 2030 Agenda’s promise […]

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606, 2017

New programme launched to train ocean professionals by UN-Nippon Foundation partnership (Media Advisory)

UN Headquarters, New York, 7 June 2017

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506, 2017

UN Secretary-General opens Ocean Conference, calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

Conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts

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506, 2017

World Environment Day (Media Advisory)

Artists and exhibitors join the UN Green Fair to promote sustainable lifestyles

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206, 2017

Press Conference: Achievement of global marine protected area target (Media Advisory)

In 2010, governments committed to protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Recent commitments and actions under national biodiversity strategies will bring the total area under protection to more […]

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206, 2017

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open (Press release)

More than 600 commitments received; countries agree to Call for Action

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3105, 2017

Press Briefing on Expected Outcomes of Ocean Conference – UN Headquarters, New York, 1 June 2017 (Media Advisory)

From 5 to 9 June 2017, the United Nations will convene a major conference that will energize efforts to promote ocean sustainability. The Ocean Conference, which will be the first UN conference of its kind […]

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3005, 2017

Press Briefing on Ocean Conference – UN Headquarters, New York, 31 May 2017 (Media Advisory)

The United Nations will bring together Heads of State, Heads of Government and other high-level delegates, representatives from civil society organizations, the business community intergovernmental and UN agencies as well as renowned personalities, and other […]

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2505, 2017

United Nations Ocean Conference set to mobilize action to reverse marine degradation – UN Headquarters, New York, 5 to 9 June 2017 (Media Advisory)

The United Nations will bring together Heads of States, Heads of Governments and other high-level delegates, representatives from civil society organizations, the business community, intergovernmental and UN agencies as well as renowned personalities, and other […]

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2405, 2017

Countries agree on measures to accelerate resource mobilization to quicken implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and achieve the SDGs

New York, 23 May—Responding to a challenging global environment, marked by difficult macroeconomic conditions as well as humanitarian crises and conflicts, the 193 United Nations members states today agreed on a series of measures to […]

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2205, 2017

Launch of the “Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects” Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development 2017

New York, 22 May–Continued slow global economic growth is likely to leave about 6.5 per cent of the world population extremely poor in 2030 without national actions supported by international cooperation, according to a new […]

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1905, 2017

UN moves to tap transformative power of science, technology and innovation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

New York, 18 May – Innovators, policy makers, businesses, civil society and technology experts met with Member States at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss how science, technology and innovation can help achieve […]

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1805, 2017

Launch of the 2017 report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (Media Advisory)

Slow global economic growth is hampering investments in development and is threatening, in particular, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, says this year’s report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development, which […]

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1605, 2017

Global growth strengthens in line with economic forecasts, but prospects for some of world’s poorest regions deteriorate: UN report

Shifting international policy landscape heightens uncertainty around prospects for world trade, development aid and climate targets
New York, 16 May—Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, […]

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1205, 2017

Media Advisory: Second Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

Press Briefing
Monday, 15 May, 2:30 p.m. EDT, UN Headquarters
The Second Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be organized at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 15 […]

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1005, 2017

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 Press Briefing

Supported by a moderate recovery in trade and investment, global economic growth has strengthened in the last six months in line with economic forecasts, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as […]

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505, 2017

Effective governance will sustain Asia-Pacific economic growth and improve its quality, says UN report

Press Release No. G/17/17
Bangkok (ESCAP News) – Effective governance and improved fiscal management are essential to sustaining robust economic growth and improving its quality, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the […]

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2504, 2017

Voluntary commitments on ocean action picking up pace – 80 commitments received to date

New York, 24 April—A growing number of countries, businesses and civil society groups are stepping forward with new commitments to improve the health of the world’s oceans in advance of The Ocean Conference that will […]

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2104, 2017

UN Secretary-General joins High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child

Washington, D.C. | 21 April 2017—The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has joined the High-level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child as its third and senior Co-Chair. The announcement, made in the margins of […]

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504, 2017

UN stresses need to anticipate changes in world’s population age structure to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Changes in age structure of human populations are taking place worldwide, with major implications for sustainable development policies, highlights 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development

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304, 2017

More action needed to meet energy goals by 2030, new report finds

The current pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets, according to the latest Global Tracking Framework (GTF) report released today by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Knowledge Hub.

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2103, 2017

More sustainably managed forests would help meet energy needs of one-third of world population

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.

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1803, 2017

UN, Smurfs team up for International Day of Happiness

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage young people everywhere to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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703, 2017

International Women’s Day spotlights impact of changing world of work

(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”.

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203, 2017

High-level thematic discussion on the global observance of World Wildlife Day

MEDIA ADVISORY
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 […]

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1602, 2017

Xiamen Airlines becomes first airline to support the UN sustainable development agenda  

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.

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1502, 2017

UN calls for commitments to safeguard the world’s oceans ahead of first major conference

PRESS RELEASE
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, […]

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1502, 2017

Smurfs team up with United Nations in 2017 for a happier, more peaceful and equitable world

(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 […]

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1801, 2017

UN World Data Forum wraps up with launch of Cape Town Global Action Plan

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.

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1701, 2017

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 […]

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1601, 2017

SDG Advocates Forest Whitaker, Shakira to be honoured at World Economic Forum

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.

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1301, 2017

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 […]

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1201, 2017

Media advisory: Press briefing on World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017

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 […]

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3012, 2016

Ban Ki-moon to be special guest at Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration

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.

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2212, 2016

Media advisory: Twitter chat on how to achieve better data

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.

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912, 2016

Urgency in closing the digital divide voiced at conclusion of Internet Governance Forum

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.

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912, 2016

China, Mongolia and Russian Federation to open up new era of trade cooperation

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.

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812, 2016

Empowering marginalized communities to access the Internet among IGF Day 2 priorities

Finding new ways to empower women, youth and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) was a central sentiment shared by IGF attendees.

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712, 2016

UN World Data Forum gearing up for January kick-off in Cape Town

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.

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712, 2016

Internet can play key role in achieving SDGs, officials say at IGF opening

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.

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612, 2016

Internet Governance Forum to intensify efforts toward fostering accessible web for all

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.

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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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