Road to Dignity by 2030: UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development

Calling for inclusive, agile and coordinated action to usher in an era of sustainable development for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented the United Nations General Assembly with an advance version of his so-called “synthesis report,” which will guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights.

UN expert urges Member States to consider justice as pillar of development

The pursuit of development must expand beyond economic gains and include claims of justice, non-discrimination and opportunities, an independent United Nations expert told the General Assembly today.

Erasing infrastructure deficit key to Africa’s growth, development – UN official

Africa’s continued progress on growth and development targets will hinge on concerted efforts – from partnerships inside and outside the continent – to enhance infrastructure, a vital area that will facilitate diversification of African economies and unleash their full productive capacity, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today.

With eyes fixed on 2015, General Assembly takes up annual report on UN’s work

The United Nations General Assembly today discussed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the work of the Organization, which covers a range of issues and calls for renewed efforts to address peace and security challenges and to encourage development aspirations.

On International Day, UN encourages full participation of older persons in society

The United Nations today encouraged Governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected.

At Global Citizen Festival, Ban tells crowd ‘a better world is around the corner’

Surrounded by a roaring crowd of an estimated 60,000 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was joined last night by a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers as he helped kick-off the third annual Global Citizen Festival – a celebration of global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet's most pressing issues.

On World Day, UN spotlights tourism’s role in promoting sustainable development

In harnessing the benefits of global tourism, the international community will take “critical” steps forward in advancing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and post-2015 development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Lauding global success in fighting hunger, Ban urges sustained commitment

Despite a rising global population and the perilous effects of climate change, the goal of eliminating hunger around the world remains within reach, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Marking International Day, UN affirms people's right to 'imagine' world at peace

With John Lennon's iconic song “Imagine” as the backdrop, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace underscoring that all people have the right to peace.

Ahead of General Assembly kick-off, UN chief urges world leaders to unite in ‘time of turmoil’

Just days ahead of opening the high-level segment of the 69th General Assembly session, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to unite in the face of the myriad devastating crises to uphold human dignity, the rule of law and the principles of the UN Charter.