UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage

Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate. More

Our Stories – Our Lives – Our Hopes

We worked with the Queanbeyan Multicultural/Multilingual Centre and their wonderful english students – you know who you are – you are in the film!!!

This project was about the students in their english lessons writing about themselves and we filmed them as part of the UN’s Global #Together Campaign which brings us all together in respect and friendship. Thank you so much to everyone for working with us and congratulations.

For more about the #Together Campaign please go to: https://together.un.org/

Why do we need to regulate wildlife trade? Who does this? And why? Find Out!

What can we do as individuals to stop illegal trade in wildlife? Why is the UN Oceans Conference next week important in order to stop illegal trading in marine species. What convention protects sharks, corals, mantra rays, elephants and many more.

What organisation monitors and stops the illegal trade of wildlife and flora? And how can it help alleviate poverty?
What about wildlife and sustainable tourism how do they work together for the benefit of local communities? What is a good example?

Listen to this interview we did with the Secretary-General of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora)Mr John.E.Scanlon and find out!

Secretary-General on the Death of Babatunde Osotimehen

I am profoundly saddened by the sudden passing of my good colleague and friend, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. I offer sincere condolences to his family, to the staff of UNFPA, to the Government and people of Nigeria, and to all those around the world touched by this loss.
The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all.

Dr. Babatunde was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world’s women and girls in particular.

Sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are among the most important, and often sensitive, on the international agenda; Dr. Babatunde’s calm yet ardent efforts helped families get the sexual and reproductive health services they need, and helped the world advance the landmark 1994 Cairo Programme of Action on Population and Development. His voice was invaluable over the years, including his time as Nigeria’s Minister of Health, in pressing for family planning, women’s education, children’s health and action on HIV/AIDS as vital ingredients in human progress.

At this moment of sorrow, let us give thanks for Babatunde’s life of service.

New York, 5 June 2017

Attacks in London

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in London last night. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a swift recovery. He hopes that those responsible for this unjustifiable violence will be quickly found and brought to justice.

The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and the Government of the United Kingdom as they fight terrorism and violent extremism. This is a struggle in many parts of the globe that compels the international community to join up efforts to bring to justice those who use such inhuman tactics while also protecting and promoting the fundamental values, rights and principles that terrorists so fervently seek to undermine.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 4 June 2017

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as UN Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open

New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York

The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean. The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Read more of this Media Advisory about the  Ocean Conference

UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson told UN News that reducing marine pollution and sustainably managing and conserving marine resources are some of the expected outcomes from the upcoming Ocean Conference.

Visit the Conference Website to find more information and also how to watch live.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

The decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world’s nations in 2015 because they recognize the immense harm that climate change is already causing and the enormous opportunity that climate action presents. It offers a meaningful yet flexible framework for action by all countries.

The transformation envisaged in the Paris Agreement is already underway. The Secretary-General remains confident that cities, states and businesses within the United States — along with other countries — will continue to demonstrate vision and leadership by working for the low-carbon, resilient economic growth that will create quality jobs and markets for 21st century prosperity.

It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues.

The Secretary-General looks forward to engaging with the American government and all actors in the United States and around the world to build the sustainable future on which our grandchildren depend.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 1 June 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will issue a call to action on Tuesday to meet the climate challenge

Speaking to students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business, Mr. Guterres will describe both the increasing risks from climate change and the compelling opportunities provided by climate action to create jobs, generate economic growth and build the foundations for a safer and more stable world.

“The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” he will say. “It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement – and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition.”

Mr. Guterres will stress that climate action is already under way, and that countries and companies that are involved will reap the rewards.

As the advisory contains quotes from the speech, the advisory is under embargo until 4 p.m. NY time on Tuesday, 30 May. The quotes should not appear in any articles until the embargo time.

Full Media Advisory on Climate Change Speech

The speech will be webcast and will be archived for viewing on demand after the event. (Full Media Advisory Attached)

The url for livestreaming is:
http://www.youtube.com/unitednations

The url for the on demand archived video is: http://bit.ly/2rHbnTp

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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