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2015: Time for Sustainable Energy for All

2015: Time for Sustainable Energy for All2015 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” Continue reading

First ever tablet version of UNOG Annual Report

Throughout 2014, the United Nations Office at Geneva has been working for peace, rights and well-being. Together with all of their partners in International Geneva, the office’s joint efforts touch every person on the planet every day. By hosting conferences, providing behind the scenes support and essential infrastructure, UNOG facilitates inclusive partnerships and plays an instrumental role in opening the activities of the United Nations to the world. Continue reading

UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015 part 2

ESCAP Survey part 2With sustainable development at the core of the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, the Asian and Pacific region needs a new development paradigm. Although the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic growth, social progress and environmental protection – is an agreed priority, the “how” of integration is less well defined. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General’s Message on Africa Day

Each year, Africa Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate Africa’s achievements and to reflect on its challenges.  The dominant story of the year has been the Ebola crisis that swept West Africa, claiming at least 11,000 lives and threatening hard-won social, economic and political achievements.  With great courage and determination, and with the generous support of African nations and the international community, the affected countries have made remarkable progress toward ending the outbreak.  Now, we have to intensify efforts to “get to zero and stay at zero” cases, repair the damage, and strengthen social and institutional resilience throughout the continent.  To help mobilize support for this important task I will convene an International Ebola Recovery Conference at the United Nations in New York in July. Continue reading

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity2015 Theme: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. Continue reading

Vacancy announcements with the UNHCR Canberra office

UNHCR’s Regional Representation in Canberra is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of a Senior Protection Officer, and an External Relations Officer. The office is responsible for the promotion and protection of refugee rights in the region which includes Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Continue reading

Celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity and is commemorated globally to raise awareness about preserving endangered habitats and reducing the loss to our biological diversity. This year’s theme, Biodiversity for Sustainable Development, reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. Continue reading

UN Special Representative on Violence against Children Acknowledges Solomon Islands Government commitment in enacting child protection legislation

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais commended the Government for its commitment towards eliminating violence against children in Solomon Islands during a meeting with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare today. Continue reading

Billions of dollars mobilised towards goal of Sustainable Energy for All

Billions of dollars mobilised under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative can halve energy poverty worldwide and more investment is being committed, but there is still a long way to go to meet the twin challenges of energy poverty and climate change. More than 90 million people have already gained access to sustainable energy under pledges made for the initiative, which is rallying governments, international institutions, businesses, banks and civil society towards three interlinked targets by 2030: achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix. Continue reading

IOM Welcomes Decision to Save Lives of Migrants at Sea in Southeast Asia

IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers –  to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.” Continue reading