WESP 2015: Global economy to improve marginally

Global economic growth is forecast to increase marginally over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, launched today. The global economy is expected to grow 3.1 per cent in 2015 and 3.3 per cent in 2016, compared with an estimated growth of 2.6 per cent for 2014. Continue reading

Watch live webcasts from UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru

Secretary-General Addresses Press at Lima Climate Change ConferenceThe United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP20 or CMP10 is being held in Lima, Peru, from December 1-12, 2014. This will be the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 10) to the 1997 Continue reading

UNDP Administrator visit to Australia

Administrator Helen Clark with Jane Hutcheon, ABC TVThe Administrator of UNDP Miss Helen Clark visited Australia from 24 to 25 November. UNIC Canberra staffed and assisted with the logistical and media/social media aspects of the mission.  During the visit, Miss Clark met with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, addressed the Australian Joint Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee and met with the Opposition Continue reading

World Toilet Day – WeCantWait

Toilet Day Inforgraphic2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.  “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” is the theme for this year’s World Toilet Day, which seeks to put a spotlight on the threat of sexual violence that Continue reading

International Day of Tolerance – 16 November

Following is a message from the Secretary-General on occasion of the International Day of Tolerance:

We live in an era of rising and violent extremism, radicalism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life. There are more people displaced by fighting today than at any period since the end of the Second World War. Innocent lives are being lost in senseless clashes around the world. The youngest victims are robbed of their childhoods, conscripted and abused, or even kidnapped simply for wanting an education. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No. 66 – 29 October 2014

Homs Faces Renewed Round of ShellingLatest DPI Syria Update. This bulletin covers the Secretary-General’s call for increased assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, UNHCR’s concerns over a proposal by Spain to legalise automatic returns of refugees from two enclaves in North Africa, as well as UNRWA’s appeal for humanitarian access to Yarmouk’s Palestinian refugee camp. Continue reading

United Nations Ebola Response: Information & Facts

Health Workers in Liberia Battle EbolaThe United Nations has launched an unprecedented response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which is being coordinated through the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). UNMEER is the first-ever UN emergency health mission, temporary in nature it will respond to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola.  Continue reading