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2015: Time to invest in cities

Time for Global Action 2015 logo2015 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

Urban October Design competition

The Urban October Design competition is aimed at highlighting and recognizing designs and designers that will best depict the state of our towns and cities today. The artworks should focus on the theme of World Habitat Day, Public Spaces for All and of World Cities Day, Designed to live together. Continue reading

Write your best climate change story and get an opportunity to join and cover COP21

While climate change is a global phenomenon, it is hitting the world’s poorest regions – and most marginalized communities – the hardest. These changing conditions are impacting human health, economic activity, and are threatening basic human rights including access to water and food security. Climate change is already affecting local communities in low and middle income countries but stories on the negative impacts as well as on the solutions that governments, communities and individuals are implementing often get lost in the global climate change debate. Continue reading

Asia Pacific eyes ‘South-South’ learning to make natural wealth count for greater good

Governments and civil society groups from across Asia and the Pacific will be looking to learn from each other’s experiences in sustainably managing resources such as oil, gas and minerals, at a regional United Nations event that kicked off in Bangkok yesterday. Continue reading

UNHCR welcomes change in Nauru’s detention policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru’s decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.

On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an “open centre” 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island. The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country Continue reading

UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Illegal Wildlife Trade Provisions in TPP

UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner released the following statement following the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The TPP contains unprecedented provisions to combat illegal wildlife trade, including requirements for the 12 countries involved to protect wildlife covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from illegal trade, and to take action to protect any wildlife that has been taken illegally from any country. Continue reading