UNESCO conference urges inclusion of free expression in post-2015 development goals

A world conference convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a Declaration highlighting the contribution of free expression to contemporary democracy, sustainable and human rights-centred development and economic growth.

Peaceful, stable societies vital for advancing development, General Assembly told

Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed today as the General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all.

UN Assembly spotlights key role of women, youth, civil society in development agenda

Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging Member States to ensure that women, young people and civil society participate fully.

General Assembly President spotlights parliamentarians’ role in shaping post-2015 agenda

Members of parliament around the world play a crucial role in shaping and implementing the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations General Assembly President stressed today.

UN entities say post-2015 development agenda must address inequity in access to clean water, sanitation

Member States must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services, various United Nations entities today stressed.

Children’s voices critical to sustainable future, says UNICEF study

Children’s issues as well as their voices and participation will be crucial to achieve sustainable development, says a paper released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which stresses that investing in the well-being of the world’s youth is essential to make progress on the post-2015 development agenda.

Accountability must be cornerstone of post-2015 development agenda – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today stressed accountability must be a key element of the post-2015 development agenda, making governments responsible for their commitments and obligations under human rights law.

At General Assembly debate, UN officials stress vital role of culture in development

United Nations officials today highlighted the need to recognize the vital role of culture in poverty reduction and sustainable growth, and to ensure that it is integrated into the post-2015 development agenda.