First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples set to open at UN headquarters

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New York, 21 September 2014 – The week of high-level events that marks the opening of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate kicks off this year with the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), which opens Monday.

Convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the Assembly, the two-day World Conference is expected to draw over a thousand indigenous and non-indigenous delegates who will have the opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of their rights, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007. Continue reading

Feature: No ‘Plan B’ for climate action as there is no ‘Planet B, says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the People’s Climate March held in New York City, ahead of the Climate Summit he is hosting at UN headquarters on 23 September. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the People’s Climate March held in New York City, ahead of the Climate Summit he is hosting at UN headquarters on 23 September. UN Photo/Mark Garten

New York, 21 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

Speaking to journalists after walking with an estimated 300,000 demonstrators on the People’s Climate March through New York City on Sunday he said the world needs to “galvanize our action” and harness the people’s “power to change.”

As the clock ticks down to the Secretary-General’s much-anticipated Climate Summit at UN Headquarters two days from now, politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop the deliterious effects of climate change. Continue reading

In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo

New York, 21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week’s opening of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

According to a readout from his spokesperson, among the leaders Mr. Ban met today was Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. They discussed the strategic partnership between the two organizations and ways to continue to enhance such cooperation in the area of peace and security. Continue reading

Ban welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as new UN Messenger of Peace ahead of climate march

Pictured left to right: United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Pictured left to right: United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

New York, 20 September 2014 – As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather tomorrow for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body’s “new voice for climate advocacy.”

Mr. Ban announced the appointment of the renowned actor and dedicated environmentalist last week, telling reporters that Mr. DiCaprio’s main focus as the Organization’s newest Messenger of Peace would be climate change issues. “His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge,” said the UN chief. Continue reading

Star-studded event kicks off UN Women global gender solidarity campaign

Pictured from left to right: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka; President of UN General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa; UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek; and actor Kiefer Sutherland. Photo: UN Women/Simon Luethi

Pictured from left to right: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka; President of UN General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa; UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek; and actor Kiefer Sutherland. Photo: UN Women/Simon Luethi

New York, 20 September 2014 – Launching one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, opened a star-studded event in New York this evening with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voiced for gender equality today and women’s empowerment.

“Over the years, men have supported the women’s movement. But for the most part, it was just that: a women’s movement – when in fact gender equality is the responsibility of all people,” the Secretary-General said in opening remarks at the launch of the UN Women HeForShe campaign. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s Message International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo

New York, 21 September - Today is the International Day of Peace.

Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire.

We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace.

Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Continue reading

UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak ‘threat to peace and security’

Ebola outbreak: a peacekeeper with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) wears a protective mask while on duty at UN offices in the capital city of Monrovia. UN Photo/Andrey Tsarkov

Ebola outbreak: a peacekeeper with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) wears a protective mask while on duty at UN offices in the capital city of Monrovia. UN Photo/Andrey Tsarkov

New York, 18 September 2014 – The Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the United Nations will deploy a new emergency health mission to combat one of most horrific diseases on the planet that has shattered the lives of millions.

“This international mission, to be known as the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, will have five priorities: stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, ensuring essential services, preserving stability and preventing further outbreaks,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council. Continue reading

Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs – UN

Recent statistics show that many MDG targets are already met, such as increasing access to improved drinking water sources. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Recent statistics show that many MDG targets are already met, such as increasing access to improved drinking water sources. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark

New York, 18 September 2014 – Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations today reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on reaching the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the end of 2015.

“I call on all Governments and international institutions to continue strengthening the global partnership for development so that we can usher in a more sustainable future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the launch of the new report. Continue reading

Ahead of UN climate summit, leading investors urge transition to low-carbon economy

By harnessing the power of the sun, the United Arab Emirates is cutting greenhouse gas emissions, generating jobs and a laying the foundation for low-carbon economic progress. Photo: UN

By harnessing the power of the sun, the United Arab Emirates is cutting greenhouse gas emissions, generating jobs and a laying the foundation for low-carbon economic progress. Photo: UN

New York, 18 September 2014 – Just days before United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes his much-anticipated climate summit, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets are calling on Governments to take action that supports, rather than limits, investments in clean energy and climate solutions.

“Gaps, weaknesses and delays in climate change and clean energy policies will increase the risks to our investments as a result of the physical impacts of climate change, and will increase the likelihood that more radical policy measures will be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said the statement – the largest of its kind by global investors on climate change. Continue reading

Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals – UN agency

A student in a classroom in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: World Bank/Alfredo Srur

A student in a classroom in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: World Bank/Alfredo Srur

Paris, 18 September 2014 – If all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives, the United Nations educational agency today reported highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets.

“The benefits of education permeate all walks of life right from the moment of birth,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which produced the “Global Monitoring Report.” Continue reading