UNICEF appoints 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee as Goodwill Ambassador

In a historic first, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed 19-year-old Muzoon Almellehan, who has been advocating for girls' education since fleeing war-torn Syria in 2013, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador.

2018-04-22T11:52:06-04:0019 Jun 2017|Goal 4: Quality Education, News|

Help preserve land – our ‘home and future’ – UN urges on World Day to Combat Desertification

With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification – the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change – United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities “can build a future.”

2018-04-22T11:52:07-04:0017 Jun 2017|Goal 15: Life on Land, News|

Ahead of Father’s Day, UNICEF cites critical role fathers play in early childhood learning

A majority of children aged between three- and four-years-old in 74 countries, or about 40 million, have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new study released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

2017-06-19T14:54:52-04:0016 Jun 2017|Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

Closing gender gap at work can open doors to incredible benefits, UN report shows

Reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 per cent by 2025 could inject nearly $5.8 trillion into the global economy and boost tax revenues, a new report released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed.

Switzerland tops world innovation index; India and other emerging markets on the rise – UN agency

Innovation is a key development tool that could boost economies and provide a way out of the growing squeeze on the world's food resources – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – according to a new United Nations report.

World’s Top Advertising Groups Come Together with Google to Mobilize Gen Z Around the Sustainable Development Goals

The Common Ground alliance, in partnership with Google, today announced the launch of “The Common Future Project,” a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at driving widespread awareness and action among young people in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in 2015.

2018-04-22T11:52:08-04:0014 Jun 2017|News, Youth|

Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.

2018-04-22T11:52:09-04:0014 Jun 2017|Goal 3: Good Health, News|

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

2018-04-22T11:52:11-04:0012 Jun 2017|News, Press material|

Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows ‘men can destroy the planet,’ warns UN chief Guterres

Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO 2017

Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.

2018-04-22T11:52:13-04:0012 Jun 2017|Goal 7: Clean Energy, News, Secretary-General|

Inclusive development ‘best form of preventing conflict,’ UN chief tells Central Asia summit

Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in achieving global development goals and combating some of today's key threats to peace and security, such as terrorism.

2018-04-22T11:52:15-04:0010 Jun 2017|Goal 17: Partnerships, News|
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