UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hosted the Climate Summit on the 23rd of September 2014 as an integral part of his strategy to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition, drawing on his global convening power and harnessing the full strength of the UN system, working in partnership with all sectors of society. Continue reading
President of the 69th session the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, told reporters at United Nations Headquarters that the high-level general debate was very successful and that over the next year, work will be undertaken with “a spirit of cooperation and optimism inspired by the belief that together we can make a difference.” Continue reading
Today marks the first observance of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. UNIC Canberra marked the International Day by hosting an event in partnership with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Continue reading
A number of major events during the High-level week of the UN General Assembly will focus on accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and setting the stage for the post-2015 development agenda. Continue reading
The United Nations and METRO International have established a global partnership on the issue of climate change. On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO International will launch the 10th edition of METRO Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition. Continue reading
I am overwhelmed by such a strong power, energy and voice of people – I hope this voice will be truly reflected to the leaders when they meet on September 23rd. Climate change is [a] defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. If we do not take action now, we will have to pay much more. They have raised their voice, they have shown their power to change the mind set of people and I hope that this power will help — and the heat will help — cool the global temperature rise within 2 degree Centigrade. Continue reading
In it’s conclusion, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon describes the report as “an account of progress over the past year in delivering the eight long-term organizational priorities identified by Member States.” Click here to read the report (pdf).
Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released on the 16th of September by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. Continue reading