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.

2018-04-22T12:02:18-04:0015 Dec 2015|COP21, Goal 13: Climate Action, News|

‘The only sustainable future is one that includes us all,’ Rwandan President tells UN Assembly

Change is coming and it is vitally necessary, the President of Rwanda told the General Assembly today, urging United Nations Member States to not merely pledge commitment to the Global Goals but to acknowledge that the bold new targets will only be reached if all countries work together and acknowledge their mutual interdependence.

2018-04-22T12:04:13-04:0029 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Small islands remain ‘humanity’s moral compass,’ leaders tell UN, urging action on climate change

The President of the Dominican Republic, among other leaders of small island developing States addressing the General Assembly today, noted the importance of tackling climate change as a key part of the broader work of ensuring sustainable development for all.

2019-02-10T11:34:47-05:0029 Sep 2015|Goal 13: Climate Action|

‘When we stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve,” Ban tells UN Assembly

Facing a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the stage for 70th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly today with a call to “translate promises on paper to action on the ground” by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for a

2015-09-28T16:28:00-04:0028 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

UN General Assembly’s annual debate opens with focus on sustainable development

Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather by the scores at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the General Assembly's annual General Debate, with a small island State that symbolises the combat against climate change – an urgent threat to global sustainability – set to occupy the first seat.

2015-09-28T16:12:00-04:0027 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

UN forum highlights ‘fundamental’ role of private sector in advancing new global goals

The fundamental role of the private sector in advancing the newly-adopted sustainable development agenda was highlighted today at a United Nations forum, during which a new tool was launched to support companies in navigating and operationally aligning with the global goals that make up the agenda.

2018-04-22T12:04:44-04:0026 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

UN already forging ahead on ways to implement ambitious new development agenda

Within hours of the General Assembly’s adoption today of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations was already looking ahead to the monumental task of wiping out poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change over the next 15 years.

2018-04-22T12:04:51-04:0025 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Pope Francis, decries global ‘culture of waste,’ urges action sustainable development

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, Pope Francis spoke at length on a range of subjects from equity and the environmental protection to the promotion of the rule of law and eradicating global poverty.

Malala Yousafzai urges world leaders at UN to promise safe, quality education for every child

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly alongside 193 youth representatives from the Organization’s 193 Member States, Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai today asked world leaders to promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.

UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of youth to General Assembly

A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by top UN officials, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and youth representatives from an initiative called ‘Voices of Youth.’

2018-04-22T12:05:00-04:0024 Sep 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Countries urged to submit climate action plans ahead of UN conference in Paris

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.

2015-09-19T10:13:25-04:0017 Sep 2015|Goal 13: Climate Action, News|

INTERVIEW: “We have to make decisions together, and we have to make them now” – Mogens Lyyketoft

In a recent interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Lykketoft discusses the need for Member States to overcome differences and unite in an urgent push to curb extreme poverty and reverse climate change, as they launch the new Sustainable Development Agenda in New York this month and seek to adopt a new universal climate change agreement in Paris in December.

2018-04-22T12:05:19-04:0015 Sep 2015|Uncategorized|

Creator of energy solutions to shine a light on childbirth wins $1 million UN grant

We Care Solar, which provides renewable energy at low cost with a medical device that prevents maternal and child complications during labour in areas without electricity, was announced today as the winner of a $1 million grant by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

2018-04-22T12:05:25-04:0014 Sep 2015|Goal 3: Good Health, News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Civil society must be ‘equal partners’ in implementing UN sustainability agenda, Ban tells parliamentarians

With speakers of parliament meeting at United Nations Headquarters at a moment when the world is gripped by multiple crises – displacement has soared to all-time highs and the threat of climate change grows by the day – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the legislators to help drive forward the new UN sustainable development agenda and ensure that civil society are equal partners in “building the future we want.”

2018-04-22T12:07:40-04:0031 Aug 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|

UN body stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving sustainable development goals

Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue.

2018-04-22T12:07:53-04:0011 Aug 2015|News, Sustainable Development Agenda|