sustainable development

In Egypt, Assembly President points way towards more relevant, responsive and inclusive UN

With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable.

In Japan, Ban calls on G7 to back global goals, climate action, UN humanitarian response efforts

Addressing world leaders at an event on the side lines of the G-7 meeting currently under way in Nagoya, Japan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the gathering to remain focused on key UN and global priorities: climate change; humanitarian action, refugees and migrants; global health; and the Sustainable Development Goals.

On World Day, UN hails potential of cultural diversity to boost development

Cultural diversity is an outstanding source of exchange, innovation and creativity, and has the enormous potential to accelerate sustainable development, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.

UN study urges governments to develop guidelines that promote ‘win-win’ diets

Only a handful of governments have issued guidelines promoting “win-win” diets that can help tackle two of the most urgent challenges of today: securing good nutrition for all and protecting the environment, according to a new study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published today.

Global life expectancy up five years since 2000, but gains uneven – UN health agency

Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major health inequalities persist within and among countries, a new report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.

Decent jobs deficit, economic woes threaten to undo poverty reduction gains – UN report

The global deficit in quality jobs and deteriorating economic conditions in a number of regions threatens to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, warns a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health, well-being of LGBTI people

Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations today called on the global community to take action to ensure that all people have an equal right to live healthy lives free from violence, persecution, stigma, and discrimination.

Partnerships, fresh policy ideas needed to ensure ‘no one is left behind,’ UN Asia-Pacific forum told

Strong political commitment, action and well-functioning coordination mechanisms, fully supported by the countries of Asia and the Pacific, will be critical to ensure that “no one is left behind,” were spotlighted at the opening of the2016 session of the main United Nations policy forum in the region.

In Madagascar, Ban calls for end to corruption, reports on ‘alarming’ cost of hunger

During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.

UN must 'champion change' to become more relevant and better able to tackle today's challenges

To respond to both current and future threats to world peace and security, the United Nations must become more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable, by taking concrete steps that include finding political solutions to sustain peace, fostering partnerships for building prosperous and stable societies, and tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism, the President of the UN General Assembly said today.