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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.

Media Advisory: Informal High-Level Event on promoting the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change 22 April, UN Headquarters in New York

In the lead-up to the Signature Ceremony, many countries have announced their intention to ratify the Paris Agreement on the 22nd, or during 2016. Many more countries have signaled their support for the Paris Agreement’s early entry into force and for its full implementation.

UN Adviser underlines importance of partnership with mobile-communications industry to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Secretary-General Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development urged the mobile industry to work together and develop policy frameworks and technical standards that would ensure no one is left behind at the World Mobile Summit.

Senior UN officials urge elimination of ‘violent practice’ of female genital mutilation by 2030

The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.

2018-04-22T12:01:23-04:0005 Feb 2016|Goal 3: Good Health, Goal 5: Gender equality, News|

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.

New UN ‘bedside tool’ will help prevent and reduce maternal and newborn deaths worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today a new checklist for healthcare workers that will help reduce maternal and newborn deaths with “a single and practical bedside tool” designed to make a difference for women and infants in various settings around the world.

2018-04-22T12:02:42-04:0004 Dec 2015|Goal 3: Good Health, Goal 5: Gender equality, News|

In Paris, mayors and celebrities join UN launch of report on boosting investment towards climate smart cities

Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much-needed climate-smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report launched today at Paris City Hall by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners.

Digital map launched by UNICEF helps young people tell their climate change stories

A digital mapping project called ‘Act Now For Tomorrow,’ which was recently launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is helping young people around the world identify climate issues in their communities and find ways to address them.

2018-04-22T12:02:45-04:0004 Dec 2015|COP21, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 15: Life on Land, News|

UN joins France and private sector partners for action on electro-mobility

Recognizing that transportation has the highest growth in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of any industrial sector, transport representatives at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) presented 10 initiatives today that aim to reduce these emissions and build more sustainable transport systems.

At end of International Year of Soils, UN chief appeals for reverse in rate of soil degradation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is marking the second World Soil Day and the end of the International Year of Soils with an appeal to reverse the current rate of soil degradation because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change.

Ban delivers favourable report card on early-stage talks at Paris climate summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a favourable report card today to the early stages of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, while at the same time urging both developed and developing countries to do more to reach universal agreement to mitigate the threat.

2018-04-22T12:02:46-04:0004 Dec 2015|COP21, Goal 13: Climate Action, News, Secretary-General|

Fundamental change needed to address women’s health in conflicts, disasters – UN

Of the more than 100 million people in need of humanitarian aid this year due to conflict and natural disasters, 26 million are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age, yet efforts to meet their desperate needs are seriously underfunded, a United Nations report warned today, calling for fundamental change in the situation.

Children under five account for one third of deaths from foodborne diseases – new UN report

Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of all foodborne diseases globally and of all those who fall ill after consuming contaminated food, 420,000 people die – almost third of them children under the age of five, the World Health Organization said today in its first ever report on the issue.

2015-12-03T19:04:23-05:0003 Dec 2015|Goal 3: Good Health, Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

COP21: UN emphasizes crucial impact of young and future generations to tackle climate change

At the Climate Change Conference in Paris, hundreds of participants gathered to mark “young and future generations day,” an opportunity for youth to remind world leaders and negotiators of the need to reach an ambitious climate agreement to secure their future, according to the UN Envoy on Youth.

2018-04-22T12:02:50-04:0003 Dec 2015|COP21, Goal 13: Climate Action, News|

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UN urges inclusion, access for people of all abilities

The United Nations is marking this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities today with the theme “inclusion matters” to raise awareness and mobilize support for some one billion people living with disabilities who remain one of the most marginalized groups in the world.

New Report outlines vision for ending malaria

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, today released an in-depth report on what it will take to eradicate malaria. It declares that eradication can be achieved by 2040 if world leaders commit to making it a reality, and they call on leaders to launch a global debate on the issue.

Three years into the Zero Hunger Challenge, it’s time to accelerate action and commitment to end hunger in our lifetimes

Three years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Zero Hunger Challenge, governments, groups and people around the world have built a global movement to end hunger – end it in our lifetimes, and end it once and for all.

What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

Prime Minister of Norway and co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group, Erna Solberg, writes about our responsibility to protect indigenous peoples who have invaluable knowledge on how to sustainably manage forests.