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2015: Time to invest in clean water and sanitation

SDG Goal 62015 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.  Continue reading

Participate in this UNESCO photo contest and promote sport values worldwide

Do you believe in the power of sport? Have you seen the impact of sport values in your community? If so, we want to see the evidence! Share one photo with us which captures the power of sport values and their impact on young people within your community. The best 15 photos will be published in a UNESCO photo book on sport values and exhibited at the Organization’s Headquarters. Continue reading

2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period

The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Continue reading

Security Council ‘Unequivocally’ Condemns ISIL Terrorist Attacks, Unanimously Adopting Text that Determines Extremist Group Poses ‘Unprecedented’ Threat

The Security Council determined today that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham (ISIL/ISIS) constituted an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security, calling upon Member States with the requisite capacity to take “all necessary measures” to prevent and suppress its terrorist acts on territory under its control in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading

Asia Pacific Countries Meet to Tackle Air Pollution

High-level government officials from more than 20 Asia Pacific countries, atmospheric scientists and experts and international organizations will come together in Bangkok for a week of meetings and events focusing on tackling the growing air pollution challenge which is increasingly threatening public health in the region. More than 120 participants, including foremost experts in Asia Pacific working on air pollution, are attending the 23-27 November Asia Pacific Clean Air Week organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners. Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day: Pacific Children are on the front line of climate change

Universal Children’s Day 2015 is an opportunity to reflect on a year of huge significance for children in the Pacific. September saw the launch of a new global development agenda which sets out a road map based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to take us to 2030. There may be 17 goals to work towards but they all have the same aim – ensuring a better future for today’s children and generations to come. For the first time, Goal 13 also puts climate action firmly in its sights, global recognition of the very real threats posed by climate change. Continue reading

Boosting women’s political participation: Pacific delegates explore options

The various options Pacific island jurisdictions have taken to increase the numbers of women in parliaments and representative bodies was the topic of discussion at a regional conference held in Port Moresby this week. Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative noted, “each Pacific country will approach this issue in their own way, but I am hopeful that this conference will allow different countries to learn from each other to ensure that women increasingly take their rightful places in Pacific parliaments.” Continue reading