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Climate Summit 2014

Ban Ki-moon will host a Climate Summit in September to mobilize political will and spark a race to the top in climate action. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will host the Climate Summit in 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

International Day against Nuclear Tests

On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests,calling for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”  Continue reading

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official has said. Continue reading

One year anniversary of the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Damascus

One year ago today the horrific chemical weapons attack in Ghouta shocked the conscience of the world. The Secretary-General once again conveys his deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and calls on the international community to remember those who perished in this inhumane act.  Continue reading

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – Media Advisory

In order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, the General Assembly decided to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on the 22-23 September 2014 in New York.  Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day: Become a Messenger of Humanity

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN invites you to be a Messenger of Humanity and stand up for humanity by amplifying a generation’s call for a better world! Continue reading

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Grand Chief Edward John, Vice Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples comes at a critical moment as the world endeavours to meet the Millennium Development Goals, forge a new vision for sustainable development and prepare the groundwork for the adoption of a new legal climate agreement – all by 2015. Continue reading

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014

The Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific is the flagship publication of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The Survey is a comprehensive analysis of the Asia-Pacific region and the various development challenges that it faces. The 2014 edition of the Survey focuses on the theme of "Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity".The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the oldest and most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. This flagship publication of ESCAP outlines policies to sustain dynamic growth and to make it inclusive such as unlocking fiscal space to finance higher productive government spending and enhancing regional connectivity through stronger institutional coordination across the region. Continue reading

WMO Climate Action Photo competition

Embedded image permalinkThe World Meteorological Organisation is holding a photo competition for the 2015 WMO calendar and 2015 World Meteorological Day.

The theme is Climate Knowledge for Climate Action. Winning entries will feature in the WMO calendar and be showcased on WMO’s website and Flickr gallery, and be displayed at 2015 World Meteorological Day celebrations. There is no cash prize. Continue reading