Gender equality will move societies forward: UNFPA chief

Gender equality must be the “benchmark” for measuring progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 global targets aimed at bringing about a more just world for people everywhere.

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Donor “consortium” needed to back up Haiti’s long-term recovery

A consortium of donors committed to improving Haiti’s water and sanitation is needed to help eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the new government.

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At Davos, UN chief meets Republic of Korea, Canada Ministers, urges climate action

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the United Nations' ongoing commitment to the post-2015 development agenda and the implementation of a credible climate policy in meetings with senior officials from Canada and the Republic of Korea (ROK), the UN Spokesperson said today.

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the world economy.

At World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon pledges action on water resources

Cautioning that a shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the United Nations will take action to address the problem in the context of reaching global anti-poverty targets.