US-North Korea summit ‘an important milestone’ towards denuclearization, says Guterres

Tuesday’s historic summit between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been hailed as “an important milestone” by the UN Secretary-General.

World should “embrace” new UN draft agreement on refugees

The world should “embrace” a new draft agreement on refugees and migrants that will commit countries to take more action over the crisis.

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UN Gender Focus: “SDG generation”, gender equality and South Sudan

“Girls matter” to sustainability and growth of the whole world

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Citing 'new agenda for humanity,' UN deputy chief urges bold action on humanitarian funding

Maintaining the United Nations momentum towards the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit – set for 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, Turkey – Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson today urged bold action to alleviate the suffering of 125 million people who depend on the international community to survive.

Europe can’t leave refugees to “fend for themselves”

Europe can’t be divided and leave refugees to fend for themselves in winter, said the president of the European Union on Sunday night.

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UN asks the world to “step up” with more peacekeepers

United Nations peacekeeping operations are unable to keep up with rising demand in a more dangerous world, a summit at UN headquarters heard today.

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UN General Assembly's annual debate opens with focus on sustainable development

Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather by the scores at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the General Assembly's annual General Debate, with a small island State that symbolizes the combat against climate change – an urgent threat to global sustainability – set to occupy the first seat.

UN deputy chief says world now has ‘legitimate hope’ that universal goal on energy will be met

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today welcomed the adoption of the first-ever universal goal on energy, but cautioned that it will take “arduous work” to reach the targets needed to end poverty and combat climate change as part of the new sustainable development agenda.

At Global Citizen Festival, Ban tells crowd to ‘stand up for a better world,’ make Global Goals a reality

“Take your passion and compassion – and let’s make the global goals a global reality,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a massive crowd at New York’s Central Park last night, where he joined a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers to kick-off the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival.

Tackling water challenges an ‘urgent task’ as world moves forward on Global Goals – UN deputy chief

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged swift action on the newly-adopted Global Goals directly related to the protection and equitable use of the planet’s precious water resources, as discussion continued at UN Headquarters on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.