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2015: Time for Action to harness the potential of partnerships

Time for Global Action: Potential of Partnerships2015 will be a critical year for the global community and the United Nations. It is the year we face several decisions – on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, sustainable development and climate – that will shape our collective futures for generations to come. The “2015 Time for Global Action” campaign Continue reading

Global Sustainable Development Report, 2015 edition

Global Sustainable Development Report, 2015 coverThe need for scientific understanding of key issues, reliable data in the poorest countries, and effective means to convey scientific findings to decision-makers, present major challenges to the implementation of the sustainable development agenda that countries are expected to adopt this September, according to a new report issued by the United Nations today. Continue reading

Summary of proceedings of the High-level Event on Climate Change

Welcoming what he called a “gratifying shift” in the climate change dialogue, the President of Kiribati today urged the international community to ponder ways to further contribute to that positive development, as the General Assembly held a high-level event to provide impetus towards reaching a universal and ambitious agreement in Paris in December. Continue reading

Disaster-Prone Pacific to Address the Future of Humanitarian Relief

More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region. Co-chaired by Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Pacific is the seventh of eight regional consultations being held ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. Continue reading

World Investment Report 2015 – Reforming International Investment Governance

This year’s World Investment Report, the 25th in the series, aims to inform global debates on the future of the international policy environment for cross-border investment. Following recent lackluster growth in the global economy, this year’s Report shows that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in 2014 declined 16 per cent to $1.2 trillion. However, recovery is in sight in 2015 and beyond. FDI flows today account for more than 40 per cent of external development finance to developing and transition economies. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe Regional Consultation for the Pacific will be seventh of eight regional consultations and will take place over two and a half days from 30 June to 2 July 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. The regional summit will combine plenary and workshop sessions, keynote presentation by UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark, expert presentations and break-out discussions. The primary goal of the regional consultation is to Continue reading

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Focuses on Role in Reviewing Implementation of Post-2015 Agenda

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development began its 2015 annual session with a focus on its role in reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. “One thing is certain,” said Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection of Austria, in his opening remarks, noting that for the new development agenda to be successful, an effective follow-up and review mechanism was necessary.   Continue reading

UNODC World Drug Report 2015

World Drug Report 2015 coverDrug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is estimated that a total of 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs (PWID). An estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. Men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are Continue reading