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International Tea Day: Trusty cuppa represents ‘crux’ of today’s issues – UN General Assembly president


Art, culture, heritage, and a source of livelihood for millions. Because tea is so much more than just a drink, on Thursday, at a virtual event commemorating the first-ever International Tea Day, the president of the UN General Assembly lauded the plant for its role in pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

‘Urgency to act’ for sustainable development, greater than ever as coronavirus pandemic continues

As COVID-19 upends lives and livelihoods across the planet, the UN on Monday held a wide-ranging policy discussion stressing a range of multilateral solutions to ease the pandemic, while also getting back on track towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Head of UN economic and social body underscores priority of health, safety during ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 challenges

Confronted with widespread human, social, and economic ramifications surrounding COVID-19, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) stressed the priority of ensuring “the health and safety of people”.

News in Brief 28 January 2020

  • Iraq: Rights report expresses concerns over ISIL fighter trials
  • Sudan: Violence pushes thousands to flee
  • New financial panel to push Global Goals forward
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Three comedians walk into the UN: Our seriously funny new podcast

You’ve heard all the jokes about comedians walking into a bar, but what happens when a trio of self-described “chuckleheads” dedicated to fighting climate change, walk into the UN?

We recorded the result, for our latest episode of The Lid Is On, UN Radio’s new podcast series.

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World on “Fast Track” to end AIDS by 2030

Although the number of people receiving treatment for HIV has doubled over the past five years, the UN is pushing to make sure even more people can access these life-saving services.

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Unique initiative helps spread the word about new global goals

A train known as the UN70 Belarus Express is helping to spread the word about the new Sustainable Development Goals (

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First draft of new climate change deal presented to governments

The first draft of the new, highly-anticipated climate change deal is now in the hands of governments.

The presentation of the draft by the UN is considered a major step forward in efforts to reach a legally-binding international agreement by the end of the year in Paris, France.

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Work must begin immediately on new development agenda

The previous two weeks of intense activity at United Nations headquarters were an “historic” convergence of high-level events, said the spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly.

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Leaders encouraged to “Step It Up for Gender Equality”

There can be no sustainable future if half the world’s population lacks equal rights, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The UN chief is urging world leaders to make gender equality a global priority to achieve his vision of “a 50:50 Planet by 2030.”

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