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Applications Open for UN Grant : For Powering the Future We Want

 

The @United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Grant offering 1 million US dollars to institutions or individuals to promote leadership and innovation in energy for sustainable development is now accepting applications for its 2017 cycle!

The thematic focus this year is ‘‘Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World’’. To apply and to find out more about the grant programme “Powering the Future We Want – Recognizing Leadership and Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development”.

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Lead UN body in Asia-Pacific opens with focus on regional cooperation to support 2030 Agenda

17 May 2017
Press Release No: G/21/2017

Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.

“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”

Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum session spotlights poverty eradication, sustainable energy

Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, (UNESCAP) whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More on UN News Site.

UNESCAP Press Release which includes how to watch live and contacts for media.

 

 

ESCAP – 70 years of promoting socio-economic development in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year. In a recent interview, its Executive Secretary, Shamshad Akhtar, highlights socio-economic achievements in the region. Ms. Akhtar also flags the need for further regional integration and cooperation in addressing common challenges. Read full interview

The OCEAN CONFERENCE, UN, NEW YORK, 5-9 JUNE 2017

The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Day of Vesak in honour of the birth of Lord Buddha. Everyone can draw inspiration from his journey. Born a sheltered prince, Shakyamuni went out into the world to confront and overcome human suffering. As one sutra states, “Because all living beings are subject to illness, I am ill as well.”

This message of compassion is timeless. In our interconnected world, there can be no peace as long as others are in peril; no security as long as others suffer deprivation; no sustainable future until all members of our human family enjoy their human rights. On this Day of Vesak, let us celebrate the wisdom of Lord Buddha by taking action for others with a strong spirit of solidarity.

10 May 2017

UNIC Canberra and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade join together for Sustainable Development Education

On Friday 28 of April, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, gave a presentation to students from Bomaderry High School at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The presentation focused on the history of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who also spoke about the SDGs and how the Australian government is contributing to their achievements.

Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world. More