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Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 22:09

South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians Receives German Sustainability Award

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:19

SDG Advocate, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, was awarded the prestigious German Sustainability Award on 8 December at a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. The German Sustainability Award recognizes ecological and social achievements, celebrating stakeholders that are striving for the best sustainable solutions in line with the SDGs. Deutsche Telekom was given the [...]

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#BetheChangeUN winter clothing drive a huge success

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 19:03

The Department of Public Information (in cooperation and DM/OCSS and UNFCU Foundation) held a ‘Coats for Cups' coat drive on 28 November. The response from UN staff was tremendous and a wonderful start to the holiday season - we received a whole truckload worth of winter clothes! About 200 UN staff joined us in our efforts to sustainably reuse unworn clothes and give to those in need.

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In Japan, UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 18:45

Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all.

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Frieda and the SDGs: The Power of Storytelling

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 18:37

We all grow up with stories and nursery rhymes. Stories are everywhere and are passed down from one generation to the next. For over a year, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been working on a project to bring to life a local character to introduce the lessons of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Namibian child. The end result is, “Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:33

At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

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One Planet Summit: Finance commitments fire-up higher momentum for Paris Agreement

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:39

New investments in climate action from UN agencies, governments and businesses, plus initiatives to increase support for Africa, Caribbean, small island states and more were announced at the Paris event.

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UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:36

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

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‘Invest in the future, not the past;’ green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:33

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

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Secretary-General’s remarks at the One Planet Summit

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:00

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS AT ONE PLANET SUMMIT Paris, 12 December 2017 [as delivered] President Macron, Excellencies, World Bank President Jim Kim, Ladies and gentlemen, We are not yet winning the war on climate change -- the defining challenge of our times. The Paris Agreement lays the basis for ambitious action. But we know that current [...]

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Lift in global economy prompts opportunities to tackle deep-rooted development issues – UN

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:00

A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects.

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Violence shuts schools, deprives children of medical care in Syria’s East Ghouta, warns UNICEF

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:56

Five of the more than 130 children who require immediate medical evacuation have died as they could not access treatment they needed due to the continuing violence across Syria's eastern Ghouta, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported, adding that most schools are closed there.

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Make digital world safer for children, increase online access to benefit most disadvantaged – UNICEF

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:51

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms – both on and offline – and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in a new report.

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Boost in global economy offers opportunities to tackle deep rooted development issues (UN Press Release)

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:43

An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018, launched today in New York.

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Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries Need To Boost Efforts To Diversify Their Economies

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:09

Without policy change, these countries risk falling short of achieving sustainable development by 2030, UN report warns  Geneva/Rome, 11 December 2017 – Without a renewed commitment to policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs), are by 2030 set to lag behind countries with more diverse economies in their social and economic achievements, UNCTAD and the [...]

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Policy makers seek to strengthen governance to aid African implementation of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:13

African leaders to discuss and debate the implementation of 2030 Agenda and Africa Union Agenda (Agenda 2063) in an integrated fashion 11-13 December 2017 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Recognizing the need to strengthen governance to achieve key sustainable development goals, African policy makers will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 11-13 December to discuss [...]

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Boost in global economy offers opportunities to tackle deep-rooted development issues

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:04

Policy imperatives include tackling inequality and delinking economic growth from environmental degradation  New York, 11 December –An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations [...]

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