Sustainable fashion leader pins hope on humanitarian values

Changing the fashion industry and making it more aware of global humanitarian and environmental concerns, demands expertise, and above all, passion.

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UN envoy Gordon Brown makes ‘plea from the heart’ to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.

UN unveils initial findings on uses of real-time data for development work

Valuable time may be saved and corrective action can be taken sooner if real-time data and new technologies are used to tackle development issues such as unemployment and food security, the United Nations said today as it unveiled the initial findings of research in this area.

Deiss urges flexibility as Assembly debates stronger UN role in global governance

The President of the General Assembly Joseph Deiss today urged States to be flexible and innovative when considering ways of strengthening the role of the United Nations as the central institution for global governance.

Global economy unlikely to improve significantly next year – UN

A United Nations report unveiled today paints a gloomy picture of the performance of the global economy next year, with growth projected to be a meagre 3.1 per cent, followed by 3.5 per cent in 2012 – rates that are insufficient to spur the recovery of the jobs that were lost during the economic crisis.

Global solidarity vital in age of multiple crises, Ban tells former UN staffers

Global solidarity is needed more than ever at a time when the world faces numerous crises, ranging from the economic downturn to climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed to a group of former United Nations staff members today.

Ban calls funding global fight against AIDS, TB, malaria ‘smart investment’

In this time of economic turmoil, putting money behind the fight against the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics is a “smart investment,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he urged donors to fund United Nations-backed efforts to stop the spread of the deadly diseases.

Amid global crises, UN needs partners like Rotary International more than ever – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the long-standing partnership between the United Nations and Rotary International, stressing the vital contributions of civil society groups as the world body tackles multiple global crises, ranging from food to energy to climate change.

UN agency lauds think-tank plan to revamp US policy on global food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today praised a new report by a Washington-based think-tank which calls for the United States to take a fresh strategic approach to the global food crisis.

Waistlines expanding as Mediterraneans shun healthy diet, UN agency says

Hailed by experts as keeping people slim, healthy and long-lived, the Mediterranean diet has followers all over the world – but is increasingly disregarded around the region, according to a senior economist with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).