post-2015

Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.

Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.

In pivotal year, public servants must rise to the moment – UN chief

In a world of enormous social, economic and environmental challenges, public services must be accountable and our public servants fully able to rise to the moment, today said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In Europe, UN chief praises Luxemburg’s commitment on development issues

Currently in Europe, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official visit to Luxembourg, where he met with a number of Government officials, including the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel.

Ban urges insurance industry leaders to play strong role in shaping more sustainable future

As a major source of long-term investment, the insurance industry can and must play a strong role in shaping a more sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the industry to show strong leadership and voice support for a host of upcoming United Nations-led initiatives aimed at ensuring a more sustainable world for all.

INTERVIEW: Heading to Central Asia, UN chief pledges to promote ‘common response’ to region’s diverse challenges

Aiming to support and promote a common response to the many cross-border challenges Central Asia faces – from environmental degradation to drug trafficking and water scarcity – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region this week for meetings in which he will also touch on key UN priorities, such as ensuring sustainable development and tackling climate change.

On World Day, UN urges global resolve to ‘appreciate, protect and restore’ Earth’s oceans

Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the UN kicked-off its celebrations for the 2015 edition of World Oceans Day.

Volunteers can contribute to the new global development agenda’s success – UN report

Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously under-valued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme finds.

At UN Asia-Pacific policy forum, leaders discuss post-2015 agenda, financing and partnerships

The 71st session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its ministerial session today in Bangkok, as region’s leaders meet to discuss the integration and implementation of economic, social and environmental development with focus on financing and partnership.

In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Viet Nam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Trương Tấn Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping shape a new development agenda.