Monthly Archives: December 2015

Launch of new sustainable development agenda to guide development actions for the next 15 years

The new year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years.

2018-04-22T12:02:06+00:0031 Dec 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Recent unusual weather worldwide calls for urgent preventive action, UN official warns

Extreme tornadoes in the United States over Christmas, abnormal snowfalls in Mexico, and heavy flooding in South America show that governments must take more preventive action to reduce losses from weather-related disasters, a senior UN official warned.

2018-04-22T12:02:08+00:0029 Dec 2015|Climate change, Disaster risk reduction, News|

UN refugee agency seeks to protect displaced gays, lesbians as they face prejudice

With lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement facing discrimination, prejudice, violence and other hurdles as they seek asylum, the UN refugee agency has rolled out a comprehensive training package to enhance their protection.

2018-04-22T12:02:09+00:0024 Dec 2015|Inequality, News|

As WTO moves to phase out farm subsidies, UN agency urges fair policies that support food security

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) welcomed an agreement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to move towards eliminating agricultural export subsidies, while noting that differences remain over other measures meant to create equitable global trading conditions, particularly for developing countries.

2018-04-22T12:02:10+00:0022 Dec 2015|Hunger and food security, News|

UN agencies collaborate to help Sudan mitigate climate change while combatting hunger

Two United Nations entities today announced a cooperation agreement to help Sudan manage its natural resources in a way that is compatible with combatting hunger and improving livelihoods while at the same time mitigating the effects of climate change.

Ban: Spirit of solidarity ‘must inspire our collective response’ to world’s major challenges

On International Human Solidarity Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and called for joint action to implement its targets and create a better future for all.

Some 150 million migrants now participating in global workforce – new UN labour agency report

A new statistical study conducted by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed that migrant workers account for 150.3 million of the world’s approximately 232 million international migrants, which amounts to a total of 72.7 per cent of working age migrant population.

2018-04-22T12:02:14+00:0017 Dec 2015|Economic growth, News|

UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub–Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector.

2018-04-22T12:02:16+00:0016 Dec 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

Despite progressive laws, gender-based violence ‘pervasive’ in South Africa, UN expert warns

Warning that deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes make violence against women “an almost acceptable phenomenon” in South Africa, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to strengthen its fight against gender-based violence through awareness and education at all levels of society.

2018-04-22T12:02:18+00:0015 Dec 2015|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Assembly President: Unity over Paris climate accord should not be forgotten

The President of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today vowed to begin the hard work of carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, reminding the world that at a time of great division, the unity, leadership and collective responsibility demonstrated in the French capital should not be forgotten.

2018-04-22T12:02:18+00:0015 Dec 2015|Climate change, COP21, News|

With high-level forum, UN General Assembly aims to narrow digital divide

Ten years after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, delegates from Member States and observer entities are meeting at UN Headquarters starting tomorrow to identify emerging trends, fresh priorities and innovations for advancing information and communications technologies.

2018-04-22T12:02:19+00:0014 Dec 2015|Infrastructure, News|