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New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and how the land is used in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.

2018-04-22T11:58:23-04:0020 Jul 2016|Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 15: Life on Land, News|

Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.

Countries need to be reminded they are built on diversity, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress.

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.

2018-04-22T11:58:26-04:0019 Jul 2016|News, Sustainable Development 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.

UN officials spotlight need to move from commitments to results on Global Goals

Every country must accelerate the implementation pace of the 'ambitious and transformative' development agenda adopted by United Nations Member States nearly one year ago, by boosting efforts to overcome persistent challenges, new obstacles and unforeseen setbacks in today's turbulent world, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today declared.

2018-04-22T11:58:30-04:0018 Jul 2016|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.

UN agency urges implementation of accord to tackle illegal fishing

An international agreement aimed at tackling illegal fishing “marks the dawn of a new era,” but rapid action is needed to ensure that its implementation is effective, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

Warning against ‘cherry-picking’ among Global Goals, UN experts say human rights cannot be ignored

The largest group of rights experts in the United Nations system stressed today that focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become “the perfect excuse” for Member States to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments.

2018-04-22T11:58:34-04:0012 Jul 2016|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Warning of stalled progress against HIV infections, new UN report urges stepped-up prevention efforts

Globally, new HIV infections among adults and children have been reduced by 40 per cent since the peak in 1997, but the decline among adults has stalled for at least five years, according to a new report from the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response.

2018-04-22T11:58:35-04:0012 Jul 2016|Goal 3: Good Health, News|

UN political forum opens with focus on achieving 2030 Agenda’s call to ‘leave no one behind’

Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.

2018-04-22T11:58:42-04:0011 Jul 2016|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.

2018-04-22T11:58:43-04:0011 Jul 2016|Goal 3: Good Health, Goal 5: Gender equality, News|

‘Monster’ El Niño subsides but impact on children set to worsen as disease, malnutrition spread – UNICEF

While the 2015-2016 El Niño – one of the strongest on record – has ended, its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed today.

In China, Ban highlights country’s leadership on sustainable development, climate change

In China today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the country’s relationship with the Organization, noting in particular its crucial role in improving tensions, building peace and promoting the agenda on climate change.

Global food prices rose in June; wheat harvest outlook robust – UN agency

Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, also noting improved production prospects for the year ahead.

As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on overharvesting

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels.

As robotics advance in South-East Asia, investment needed to build skilled workforce – UN labour agency

The robot age is already a reality among manufacturers in South-East Asia, where countries have been incrementally introducing automation to improve quality, consistency, and workplace safety, with robots deployed in human-centric, collaborative ways to raise the productivity of higher skilled workers, rather than replace them, a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found.

2016-07-12T15:21:07-04:0007 Jul 2016|Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, News|