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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

Nine steps to cut poverty and inequality in Pacific Island Countries

A new United Nations report offers concrete recommendations to reverse a rising trend of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion in Pacific Island countries. The report, launched ahead of next week’s International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, presents specific policy options on how to foster more inclusive and sustainable human development during a time of profound change in the Pacific region. Continue reading

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

 Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to form durable partnerships and recommit to supporting sustainable development in these countries. 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