Thursday's Daily Brief: Updates on Syria, refugee data centre, billions raised to fight global diseases, Colombia's peace process

A recap of Thursday's stories:  Guterres calls for military de-escalation in Syria's north-east; the role of cities in the climate crisis; new UN data resource to support refugees; reintegration of Colombia's ex-rebels; global community raises billions to eliminate diseases.

Family planning “fundamental” to sustainable development

The right for women and girls to make their own choices about planning a family is “fundamental” to sustainable development according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Secretary-General confers with world leaders on climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been speaking to numerous world leaders on the heels of the historic United Nations conference in Copenhagen which recently wrapped up with nations reaching a political agreement on climate change.

United action on global scale needed to clinch new climate pact, says Ban

Acknowledging that the climate change deal reached over the weekend in Copenhagen was not ideal for all nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted world leaders to act in concert to ensure that a legally binding treaty is reached next year.

Climate change deal marks an 'essential beginning,' Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the climate change deal reached by world leaders at a United Nations summit in Copenhagen, calling it an "essential beginning" that contains progress on all key fronts, but adding that work must now focus on turning the deal into a legally binding treaty.

Ban entreats leaders to seal climate deal on final day of Copenhagen talks

The eyes of the world are on world leaders gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, calling on nations to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new climate change agreement for the sake of humanity.

Ban lays out remaining hurdles in climate talks in Copenhagen

The outcome of the historic climate change negotiations in Copenhagen hinges on the issues of emissions reductions and financing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged world leaders to use the final days of the talks to strike an ambitious new agreement.

Climate change driving displacement, says UN refugee chief

Climate change is the biggest factor driving forced displacement, a top United Nations official said today, underscoring that global warming is blurring the traditional distinction between refugees and migrants.

Ban calls for accelerated action in home stretch of Copenhagen climate talks

Arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark, today to inject fresh energy into climate change talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted nations to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement, warning that the well-being of all of the world’s people is at stake.

UN climate talks back on track after brief suspension

Talks resumed at the United Nations summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, today after African nations briefly suspended negotiations over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, currently the only legally binding pact on climate change.