‘We need all hands on deck!’ The world’s ‘to-do list’ is long and time is short, UN deputy chief tells Global Citizen Festival

Every problem we face is a problem that we created – so it’s a problem we can solve together, declared UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Saturday, rallying the crowd gathered in New York’s Central Park for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival to keep making their voices heard and holding their leaders accountable: with hope… Continue reading ‘We need all hands on deck!’ The world’s ‘to-do list’ is long and time is short, UN deputy chief tells Global Citizen Festival

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Influential young changemakers recognized by UN

On Wednesday, the UN announced the 2022 cohort of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, recognizing their efforts to bring about a fairer future for people and the planet. Every two years, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth picks out young change-makers who are at the forefront of attempts to combat the… Continue reading Influential young changemakers recognized by UN

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Rescuing the SDGs: General Assembly highlights ‘world’s to-do list’

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the 77TH General Assembly joined world leaders and Goodwill Ambassadors on Monday in a global call to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and get back on track to building a better world that “leaves no one behind”. The 2022 SDG Moment, which places an annual spotlight on… Continue reading Rescuing the SDGs: General Assembly highlights ‘world’s to-do list’

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Global UN forum showcases need, impact of South-South cooperation

From climate change to worsening inequalities and COVID-19 fallouts, top UN officials told a major forum in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday that greater cooperation among developing countries, known as the global South, was needed to overcome a multitude of challenges. At the opening of the Global South-South Development Expo 2022, Secretary-General António Guterres encouraged through a… Continue reading Global UN forum showcases need, impact of South-South cooperation

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‘Solutions lie in solidarity’ UN chief says on South-South Cooperation Day

South-South cooperation is unity among people and countries of the developing world, known as the global South, which contributes to national well-being, collective self-reliance and achieving the global goals.  “South-South and triangular cooperation are critical for developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate disruption, address the global health crisis, including COVID-19 recovery, and achieve… Continue reading ‘Solutions lie in solidarity’ UN chief says on South-South Cooperation Day

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New social contract needed to lift half of Asia and Pacific region’s workforce out of poverty

Denied decent work opportunities and highly vulnerable to systemic shocks such as pandemics or economic downturns, workers in Asia and the Pacific are under pressure, according to a report launched on Tuesday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “Our region spends less than half of the global average… Continue reading New social contract needed to lift half of Asia and Pacific region’s workforce out of poverty

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World food prices drop for fifth consecutive month: FAO

World food prices have fallen for a fifth consecutive month but are still nearly eight per cent higher than a year ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday.  Its latest Food Price Index shows that the prices of five commodities – cereals, vegetable oil, dairy, meat and sugar – were lower… Continue reading World food prices drop for fifth consecutive month: FAO

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In meetings in Tunisia, UN deputy chief upholds relevance of SDGs, education for all

Ms. Mohammed was in the country to attend the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), which concluded that day. The conference has been organized by Japan since 1993, under the philosophy of “African Development for African people.” It is co-hosted by the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the… Continue reading In meetings in Tunisia, UN deputy chief upholds relevance of SDGs, education for all

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Indigenous women’s work to preserve traditional knowledge celebrated on International Day

His appeal comes in a message to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed annually on 9 August.  This year the focus is on the role indigenous women have in preserving and passing on traditional knowledge.  Cultural champions  “Indigenous women are knowledge keepers of traditional food systems and medicines. They are champions… Continue reading Indigenous women’s work to preserve traditional knowledge celebrated on International Day

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Major fall in global food prices for July, but future supply worries remain

Food prices dropped significantly in July, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline since hitting record highs earlier in the year in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported on Friday.  The UN agency has published its latest eagerly awaited Food Price Index, the barometer that tracks monthly changes… Continue reading Major fall in global food prices for July, but future supply worries remain

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New ECOSOC President aims to ease crises which have ‘engulfed our societies’

Ambassador Lachezara Stoeva said in her opening statement that she was “honoured and humbled” to have been elected to lead one of the principal organs of the UN, while noting that the upcoming session will be “especially challenging for the world”.  In addition to COVID recovery, she highlighted the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has “triggered massive food… Continue reading New ECOSOC President aims to ease crises which have ‘engulfed our societies’

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UN and partners meet to address ‘critical’ state of global food crisis

Factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and ongoing conflicts resulted in nearly a billion people going hungry last year, he said.  Meanwhile, the World Bank has warned that the conflict in Ukraine will plunge an additional 95 million people into extreme poverty, and 50 million into severe hunger, this year.   Already falling short … Continue reading UN and partners meet to address ‘critical’ state of global food crisis

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Key UN forum closes with ‘enthusiasm, passion and high-energy’ to reach the SDGs

“We have advanced the substantive programme of the [Economic and Social] Council (ECOSOC) and initiated concrete foundational action to implement the decisions of the General Assembly” in resolutions on strengthening the HLPF and ECOSOC, said the body’s president, Collen Kelapile. Urgency and ambition Although the COVID pandemic continues, “we are moving on in the road… Continue reading Key UN forum closes with ‘enthusiasm, passion and high-energy’ to reach the SDGs

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COVID-19 fuels slowest rate of childhood vaccination in three decades, leaving millions at risk

The figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, show the percentage of children who received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) – a marker for immunization coverage within and across countries – fell five points between 2019 and 2021, to 81 per cent. 1⃣8⃣… Continue reading COVID-19 fuels slowest rate of childhood vaccination in three decades, leaving millions at risk

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Sustainable Development Goals can be reached ‘despite our grim times’: ECOSOC President

Collen V. Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), was delivering opening remarks to the ministerial segment of its ongoing High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  Countries are meeting in the General Assembly Hall to examine how recovery policies can reverse the pandemic’s negative impacts on the common goal of creating… Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals can be reached ‘despite our grim times’: ECOSOC President

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World is moving backwards on eliminating hunger and malnutrition, UN report reveals

The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, according to a new UN report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving in reverse, away from the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms, by 2030, when the… Continue reading World is moving backwards on eliminating hunger and malnutrition, UN report reveals

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ECOSOC President champions optimism ‘against all odds’ at key UN development conference

He opened the in-person High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) “on a note characterized by high hope and optimism” arguing that “we can and shall overcome our challenges”.   Optimistic, ‘against all odds’ The senior UN official outlined five reasons for his optimism “against all odds”, beginning with successes in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue reading ECOSOC President champions optimism ‘against all odds’ at key UN development conference

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2030 development agenda ‘fails’ on racial equality and non-discrimination

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are characterized by a “shallow commitment” to racial justice and equality, an independent UN-appointed rights expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, adding that they fail to address systematic racism and xenophobia.    “Despite the 2030 Agenda’s promising rhetoric, it largely… Continue reading 2030 development agenda ‘fails’ on racial equality and non-discrimination

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Save lives, support development, and ‘steer our world to safer roads ahead’: Guterres 

“Today’s meeting…is a key opportunity and platform for us to make the changes needed: To strengthen political will, scale up investment, and draw on lessons learned,” said Abdulla Shahid. It also acts to accelerate action on the Global Plan for the Decade of Action on Road Safety, which kicked off last year, he added. Enough is enough After… Continue reading Save lives, support development, and ‘steer our world to safer roads ahead’: Guterres 

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Inclusive cities critical to post-pandemic recovery: Guterres

Hundreds of delegates from across the globe will be attending the World Urban Forum, which opened on Sunday in the southern Polish city of Katowice. WUF11 is taking place at a critical time, as cities tackle the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency and conflict. Making cities more inclusive must be part of… Continue reading Inclusive cities critical to post-pandemic recovery: Guterres

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Exploring the largest ocean reef restoration project in the Americas: ‘One Million Corals for Colombia’

 Yet this improbable marine wonder is in danger. Scientists, local experts, passionate activists, and islanders are sounding the alarm about the deterioration of one of the richest ecosystems in the Caribbean Sea, even as they work together on innovative ways to restore it. Get the band saws ready! It’s 9 am on a Monday in… Continue reading Exploring the largest ocean reef restoration project in the Americas: ‘One Million Corals for Colombia’

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Seafarers’ Day honours maritime journeys and voyages

The United Nations has underlined its support for the men and women working at sea, whose immeasurable contributions help to keep global trade moving. Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted both their critical role, as well as the challenges they face, In his message to mark the Day of the Seafarer on Saturday. “The world counts on seafarers,” he… Continue reading Seafarers’ Day honours maritime journeys and voyages

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Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

“Together, we can make sure that every person…can fully participate in every aspect of life – social, economic, cultural, and political”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, adding that “we can, and we will, advance our common future.” Forward motion He hailed the progress driven by the disability convention as being “broad, swift, and tangible.” “With 185 ratifications since… Continue reading Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

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UN and Tajikistan reaffirm ‘strong partnership’ in new cooperation agreement 

The joint UN-Tajikistan document, which was signed on Tuesday by Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu, sets out national development priorities and goals for the next four years.  “This Cooperation Framework has ambitious aims to improve the lives of people in Tajikistan and create equal opportunities for each person to realize… Continue reading UN and Tajikistan reaffirm ‘strong partnership’ in new cooperation agreement 

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World Food Safety Day highlights need to improve health, prevent foodborne risks 

Safe food is one of the most critical guarantors for good health, the UN said on Tuesday – the fourth global World Food Safety Day – aiming to mobilize action for preventing, detecting and managing foodborne risks and improving human health.  Benefits of safe food for well-being include improved nutrition and reduced absenteeism in schools… Continue reading World Food Safety Day highlights need to improve health, prevent foodborne risks 

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Pandemic hampers progress to achieve universal energy access by 2030

Currently, 733 million people worldwide still do not have access to electricity, and 2.4 billion people still cook using fuels detrimental to their health and the environment.  At the current rate of progress, 670 million people will remain without electricity by 2030 – 10 million more than projected last year.  The findings are from the… Continue reading Pandemic hampers progress to achieve universal energy access by 2030

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Rescuing global goals, world’s ‘highest common priority’ – UN chief

From the economic repercussions of the COVID pandemic to food insecurity exacerbated by the Ukraine war, Secretary-General António Guterres painted a picture of accumulating crises that have put the drive towards the global goals into reverse. “We must rise higher to rescue the SDGs – and stay true to our promise of a world of peace, dignity… Continue reading Rescuing global goals, world’s ‘highest common priority’ – UN chief

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‘We cannot rest’ until child labour is eliminated, ILO chief tells UN conference

The strong call for urgent action at the conference taking pace in Durban, aims to combat an uptick in the numbers of children being forced into work. Latest figures indicate that 160 million children  – almost one in ten worldwide – are still being affected. Furthermore, numbers are on the rise, with the pandemic threating to reverse… Continue reading ‘We cannot rest’ until child labour is eliminated, ILO chief tells UN conference

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Assistive technology: a ‘life changer’ for those most in need

Produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The Global Report on Assistive Technology presents new evidence of the global need for – and access to – tech that can make a fundamental difference. “Assistive technology is a life changer – it opens the door to education for children with… Continue reading Assistive technology: a ‘life changer’ for those most in need

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Unity among nations, in push for greater space security at UN-led talks

The first Open-ended Working Group on Reducing Space Threats that’s been meeting all week in the Swiss city, is the result of a UN General Assembly resolution last December, seeking to promote “norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours” among countries already present in the cosmos – or which are planning to have a presence in space. “The situation… Continue reading Unity among nations, in push for greater space security at UN-led talks

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‘Coalition of the willing’ to ensure healthy diets from sustainable food systems

Ensuring everyone has access to a healthy diet is among the goals of a UN-backed initiative launched on Friday in line with efforts to transform food systems globally.  The Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for all (HDSFS), brings together governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and social movements. … Continue reading ‘Coalition of the willing’ to ensure healthy diets from sustainable food systems

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Sustainable Development Goals in peril due to overseas aid cuts: Guterres

Recent deep cuts to overseas aid budgets by governments, will have “direct, negative impacts” on the ability of the world to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief warned on Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his concern over the fall in Overseas Development Aid (ODA) following a meeting of the UN Chief Executives… Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals in peril due to overseas aid cuts: Guterres

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New plan to accelerate clean energy access for millions globally

Amid the global energy crisis and worsening climate emergency, the United Nations and partners on Wednesday launched two new initiatives to accelerate action towards achieving clean, affordable energy for all, and the ambitious goal of net-zero carbon emissions.  The UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025 delivers on commitments made at a high-level meeting in September… Continue reading New plan to accelerate clean energy access for millions globally

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General Assembly reviews global progress towards sustainable urbanization

With six in 10 people expected to be living in cities by the end of the decade, the UN General Assembly met on Thursday to examine progress towards implementing a 2016 framework on sustainable urbanization.  The New Urban Agenda presents a shared global vision for how to build, manage, and live in cities, through urbanization… Continue reading General Assembly reviews global progress towards sustainable urbanization

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Extractive projects cause irreparable harm to indigenous cultures, languages, lives, speakers tell Permanent Forum

Gathered in the UN General Assembly Hall for the first time in three years, indigenous representatives were welcomed in a traditional ceremony led by Katsenhaienton Lazare of the Bear Clan, Mohawk of the Haudenosaunee, who acknowledged nature in its great diversity – the winds, thunders, lightening, sun and other life forces – which give purpose… Continue reading Extractive projects cause irreparable harm to indigenous cultures, languages, lives, speakers tell Permanent Forum

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Working towards a malaria-free world

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the past year has seen “significant breakthroughs in malaria prevention and control”, a senior official of the UN health agency said on Monday, World Malaria Day. “Landmark recommendations on the use of the first vaccine against malaria – WHO Regional Director for Africa, RTS,S – were released by the World Health… Continue reading Working towards a malaria-free world

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Guterres urges youth: Keep pushing, mobilizing, ‘bringing your ideas to the table’

“Young people are…leading the way in the fight against climate change, standing up for racial justice and gender equality…holding leaders to account…[and] are at the forefront of our efforts to secure a more inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous future for all,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on the second of a two-day forum on youth. Under the theme Youth… Continue reading Guterres urges youth: Keep pushing, mobilizing, ‘bringing your ideas to the table’

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Sport must show leadership amidst climate crisis: UN deputy chief

Athletes are among the most influential people on the planet and together with their managers, fans and others involved in organized sport, must contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.  That was the message UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed delivered on Wednesday to a virtual event marking the International Day of Sport for Development… Continue reading Sport must show leadership amidst climate crisis: UN deputy chief

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Scale-up action to combat child malnutrition in Africa’s Sahel

An estimated 6.3 million children under five, in six countries in Africa’s Sahel region, will suffer from wasting this year, UN agencies and their partners warned in a publication issued on Wednesday.  The West and Central Africa Nutrition working group fears at least 900,000 young lives could be at risk across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali,… Continue reading Scale-up action to combat child malnutrition in Africa’s Sahel

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UN chief calls for greater inclusion, marking World Autism Awareness Day

In his message to mark World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, 2 April, the UN chief revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened inequalities affecting people with the condition.   “On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to an inclusive, equitable and sustainable world for persons with autism,” he said.  Varying… Continue reading UN chief calls for greater inclusion, marking World Autism Awareness Day

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Moving away from coal ‘will not be easy’ but it is essential for our common future, UN deputy chief says

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General on Monday called on countries in Asia and the Pacific to speed up the shift from fossil fuels to new, low-carbon development models, in a just and inclusive way. “Moving away from coal and fossil fuels in a region that accounts for 75 per cent of global coal-fired generation capacity… Continue reading Moving away from coal ‘will not be easy’ but it is essential for our common future, UN deputy chief says

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Invest in care services to generate jobs, support working parents: ILO report

Greater investment in care services could create nearly 300 million jobs by 2035, the UN’s labour agency, ILO, said in a report published on Monday ahead of International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 May.  The move would benefit hundreds of millions of workers with family responsibilities who lack adequate protection, such as maternity leave… Continue reading Invest in care services to generate jobs, support working parents: ILO report

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Food Price Index hit record high in February, UN agency reports

Global food prices reached an all-time high in February, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday. The Food Price Index, which tracks the international prices of a items such as vegetable oils and dairy products, averaged 140.7 points last month, or nearly four per cent up from January. Global #foodprices rise to record high in… Continue reading Food Price Index hit record high in February, UN agency reports

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Over one billion obese people globally, health crisis must be reversed – WHO

On World Obesity Day, marked on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to do more to reverse what is a preventable health crisis. According to recent data, more than one billion people worldwide are obese, including 650 million adults, 340 million adolescents and 39 million children. With the numbers still increasing, WHO estimates… Continue reading Over one billion obese people globally, health crisis must be reversed – WHO

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Ending pandemic, building resilience, key to sustainable development: UN deputy chief

The Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development is being held to review progress towards implementing the SDGs and the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063. The three-day meeting was convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).  Ms. Mohammed outlined five priority areas to guide the deliberations, starting with the pandemic.  Vaccination is critical  “Vaccinating… Continue reading Ending pandemic, building resilience, key to sustainable development: UN deputy chief

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Pandemic recovery must put people first: UN Secretary-General

People must be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a global meeting that opened on Tuesday to examine the economic and social impact of the crisis.  Although COVID-19 caught the world unprepared, “we cannot let this happen again,” he said in a video message to the Global Forum for Human-centred… Continue reading Pandemic recovery must put people first: UN Secretary-General

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Meeting commitments, requires UN to work in ‘lockstep’ with parliamentarians

Building political support and inclusive responses to sustainable recovery, was the theme of the 2022 Parliamentary Hearing, a joint initiative between the President of the General Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), was Assembly President Abdulla Shahid opened the proceedings by drawing on his 25 years of parliamentary service. “The parliament is home, where my… Continue reading Meeting commitments, requires UN to work in ‘lockstep’ with parliamentarians

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‘Historic expansion’ of joint UN fund to boost sustainable development 

“The Fund is in a position to bridge the gap in giving and impact investing”, said Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments, adding that it offers “a sustainable investment model by leveraging the power of markets to accelerate businesses, empower communities, and provide a clear path to self-sufficiency.”.   From health in… Continue reading ‘Historic expansion’ of joint UN fund to boost sustainable development 

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Not a moment to lose, in race to meet Sustainable Development Goals: Guterres

“The well-being of people around the world, the health of our planet, and the survival of future generations depend on our willingness to come together around a commitment to collective problem-solving and action”, said UN chief António Guterres. “We don’t have a moment to lose”.     He urged those attending the first of five thematic consultations at… Continue reading Not a moment to lose, in race to meet Sustainable Development Goals: Guterres

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Cyberbullying a top concern on Safer Internet Day

With more children and young people spending time online, cyberbullying is the top concern for their safety when using the internet, according to a survey carried about by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on two social media platforms.  In the lead up to Safer Internet Day this Tuesday, 8 February, the UN agency polled its… Continue reading Cyberbullying a top concern on Safer Internet Day

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In an anxious world, time to redefine progress: new UN report

Even citizens living in countries that enjoy some of the highest levels of good health, wealth, and education outcomes, are reporting even greater anxiety than a decade ago.  Apprehensive about the future  “Despite global wealth being higher than ever before, a majority of people are feeling apprehensive about the future and these feelings have likely… Continue reading In an anxious world, time to redefine progress: new UN report

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FAO launches $138 million plan to avert hunger crisis in Horn of Africa

More than $138 million is needed to assist rural communities affected by extended drought in the Horn of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday, launching a comprehensive response plan for the region.  A third consecutive year of poor rains is posing a major threat to food security in countries already… Continue reading FAO launches $138 million plan to avert hunger crisis in Horn of Africa

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WFP-backed challenge boosts food system in Rwanda and beyond

Supporting innovations in the food system in Rwanda is the goal of a UN-backed initiative launched in the capital, Kigali, on Wednesday.  The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge comes amid worsening food insecurity in East Africa due to rising conflict, climate change, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Both technical support and a total of $300,000… Continue reading WFP-backed challenge boosts food system in Rwanda and beyond

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COVID-19 leads to over 50 million more hungry people in Asia-Pacific

COVID-19 led to rising food insecurity for around 54 million people living in the vast Asia-Pacific region during 2020, according to a joint UN agency report published on Wednesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s 2021 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition also pointed out… Continue reading COVID-19 leads to over 50 million more hungry people in Asia-Pacific

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COP26 defined by ‘reinvigorated multilateralism’

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), held last month in Glasgow, was defined by a “reinvigorated multilateralism”, a top UN official said on Tuesday during an online discussion on how the summit’s outcomes will impact climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Glasgow Climate Pact to keep global warming to 1.5C and the… Continue reading COP26 defined by ‘reinvigorated multilateralism’

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Senior White House official Catherine Russell appointed new UNICEF chief

UN Secretary‑General António Guterres announced on Friday, that Catherine Russell of the United States will become the next Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She will succeed Henrietta Fore, who said she was “delighted to hand over to someone with her knowledge, experience, and deep care for children and women”. “Ms. Russell brings… Continue reading Senior White House official Catherine Russell appointed new UNICEF chief

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COVID-19 is biggest threat to child progress in UNICEF’s 75-year history

The widespread impact of the pandemic continues to deepen, the report warned, increasing poverty, entrenching inequality and threatening the rights of children like never before.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest threat to progress for children in our 75-year history,” said Henrietta Fore, the UNICEF Executive Director.  “While the number of children who are… Continue reading COVID-19 is biggest threat to child progress in UNICEF’s 75-year history

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Unilateral sanctions particularly harmful to women, children, other vulnerable groups

Women, children and other vulnerable groups are more likely to have their human rights impacted by unilateral sanctions, an independent UN human rights expert alerted on Wednesday. According to the independent expert, “unilateral sanctions hurt all, but are particularly harmful to vulnerable groups within the populations of countries targeted by the sanctions.” Negative impact For… Continue reading Unilateral sanctions particularly harmful to women, children, other vulnerable groups

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Internet Governance Forum promotes inclusive digital future for all

Leveraging the power of the Internet while tackling the risks of cyberspace is the focus of a UN meeting underway in Katowice, Poland, this week.  The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brings together more than 7,000 innovators, big tech executives, young people, ministers and parliamentarians to spur efforts to build an open, secure and free digital… Continue reading Internet Governance Forum promotes inclusive digital future for all

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Interview: The most impactful actions at COP26 point to progress on climate change   

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Alexandre Soares of UN News, Martina Donlon acknowledged that after two weeks of tough negotiations, the text that serves as the conference’s outcome is “a compromise that it is not enough”, especially for small island States and other vulnerable countries.  However, it does provide some “positive steps forward”.  Indeed, she said, with the agreement by negotiators at COP26 to begin moving away from fossil fuels, “we will see more electric cars… Continue reading Interview: The most impactful actions at COP26 point to progress on climate change   

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Safe sanitation for all benefits people and the planet: UN chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged countries to keep their promise to leave no one behind and deliver health and sanitation to all.  In his message for World Toilet Day on Friday, the UN chief affirmed that everyone should have access to hygienic, safe and sustainable sanitation.  Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified. Every day, 700 children under… Continue reading Safe sanitation for all benefits people and the planet: UN chief

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In post-quake Haiti, rebuilding lives and welcoming new ones

On the grounds of the Hôpital de Référence Communautaire de l’Asile in the southwest of Haiti, Désir Murielle rests with her newborn son in a tent just steps away from twisted, metal and fissured concrete hunks that were once the hospital’s maternity wing. “He was born this morning, and he is called Yves”, said Ms.… Continue reading In post-quake Haiti, rebuilding lives and welcoming new ones

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Climate action can deliver a sustainable future for all: UN deputy chief

Speaking ahead of the COP26 UN climate conference, which wraps up this weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, Ms. Mohammed underlined the need for greater funding and commitment, as well as solidarity.   “Climate change doesn’t pause, and neither must we,” she said in her address to the TED Countdown Summitin her recently livestreamed TED Talk held recently in nearby Edinburgh and livestreamed globally.    Another climate change ‘victim’  Ms. Mohammed, who is from Nigeria, recalled her childhood walks along the shores of… Continue reading Climate action can deliver a sustainable future for all: UN deputy chief

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Act now to stamp out child labour by 2025: FAO chief

Effective action and strong leadership are essential to end child labour by 2025, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. Qu Dongyu, the FAO Director-General, was among UN agency chiefs addressing the opening of the Global Solutions Forum on child labour.   The two-day virtual meeting aims to identify and… Continue reading Act now to stamp out child labour by 2025: FAO chief

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World Heritage forests releasing more carbon than they absorb: UNESCO 

Forests in at least 10 World Heritage sites have become net sources of carbon, due to pressure from human activity and climate change, according to a new report released on Thursday, by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The agency’s new analysis, World Heritage forests: Carbon sinks under pressure , shows that instead of helping mitigate global warming,… Continue reading World Heritage forests releasing more carbon than they absorb: UNESCO 

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‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns

Tuesday’s new Emissions Gap Report shows that updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – the efforts by each country to reduce national emissions, as well as other commitments made for 2030 but not yet officially submitted – would only lead to an additional 7.5 per cent reduction in annual greenhouse emissions in 2030, compared to previous… Continue reading ‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns

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Middle East Green Initiative: ‘pathbreaking work’ to protect the planet

The Middle East Green Initiative launch in Saudi Arabia on Monday was hailed by the UN’s deputy chief as a valuable commitment and strategic vision, to transition regional economies away from unsustainable development, to a model “fit for the challenges of the 21st century”. With only a few days until the G20 Summit of leading… Continue reading Middle East Green Initiative: ‘pathbreaking work’ to protect the planet

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UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection  

To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA – cellular material released from living things into their surroundings.  Launching the new programme, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that scientists and local residents would take samples of genetic material from fish waste, mucous membranes or… Continue reading UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock’ knowledge for biodiversity protection  

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Food Heroes: Ethiopian avocado farmer’s ‘transformational’ crop

An Ethiopian farmer has been talking about how avocados have transformed the lives of not just his family but also of people living in his community. Bogale Borena set up an avocado nursery in Yirgalem in the south of Ethiopia, and has been so successful with the venture that he was named as one of 17 Food… Continue reading Food Heroes: Ethiopian avocado farmer’s ‘transformational’ crop

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Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres 

Describing current levels of poverty as “a moral indictment of our times”, Secretary-General António Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies and societies around the world, with some 120 million more people falling into poverty last year.  “A lopsided recovery is further deepening inequalities between the Global North and South”, said Mr. Guterres. “Solidarity is missing in action – just when we need it most”. … Continue reading Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres 

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International Day honours rural women’s critical role in feeding the world

Although rural women and girls have an essential role in food systems, they still do not have equal power with men, therefore earn less, and experience higher levels of food insecurity, according to UN Women, the agency supporting countries to reach gender equality.  On the International Day of Rural Women, observed this Friday, UN Women is calling for an end to this paradox by dismantling the… Continue reading International Day honours rural women’s critical role in feeding the world

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Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign 

In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest shorelines. Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the ocean, often having a direct… Continue reading Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign 

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Biodiversity commitment builds hope for ‘living in harmony with nature’

More than 100 countries on Wednesday committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global framework, that aims to put biodiversity on a path to recovery, by 2030 at the latest.   The Kunming Declaration, adopted at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment, which took place in Kunming, China, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of conservation in protecting human health.  Biodiversity Fund  The Segment opened on Monday –… Continue reading Biodiversity commitment builds hope for ‘living in harmony with nature’

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With clock ticking, sustainable transport key to Global Goals

From electric cars and buses to zero-carbon producing energy sources, new and emerging technologies along with innovative policy changes, are critical for combating climate change. But to be effective, they must ensure that transport strategies benefit everyone, including the poorest, according to a new UN multi-agency report launched on Tuesday. The “clock is ticking on… Continue reading With clock ticking, sustainable transport key to Global Goals

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Make mental healthcare for all a reality, urges Guterres 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on mental health worldwide, and action must be taken to “redress the glaring inequalities exposed by the pandemic”, including over access to vital services, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of World Mental Health Day, marked on Sunday.  Reminding that millions of people face grief over lost family members and friends, that many… Continue reading Make mental healthcare for all a reality, urges Guterres 

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BTS and UNICEF celebrate 4 years of the ‘Love Myself’ campaign to promote child self-esteem

Since 2017, a campaign by South Korean superstars BTS, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reached almost every country in the world with a positive message of self-love and self-care, gathering more than 50 million interactions from Twitter users. “We started LOVE MYSELF as a way to reach young people and help improve their… Continue reading BTS and UNICEF celebrate 4 years of the ‘Love Myself’ campaign to promote child self-esteem

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Decade of climate breakdown saw 14 per cent of coral reefs vanish

Between 2009 and 2018, the continuous rise in sea temperature cost the world 14 per cent of its coral reefs – that’s more than the size of Australia’s reefs combined – a UN-backed report revealed on Tuesday. In the Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report, experts from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring… Continue reading Decade of climate breakdown saw 14 per cent of coral reefs vanish

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UN World Data Forum meets at ‘critical time’ with COVID battle ongoing

The forum, which takes place from 3-6 October in Bern, Switzerland, comes at “a critical time as the world is still dealing with the pandemic,” Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division said. “Disaggregated data is needed to contain the disease and for citizens to understand the world around them and guide their… Continue reading UN World Data Forum meets at ‘critical time’ with COVID battle ongoing

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