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Guterres unveils new climate change advisory group, charges youth on accountability

António Guterres

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Monday, July 27, 2020 announced the names of seven young climate leaders – between the ages of 18 and 28 years old – who will advise him regularly on accelerating global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis. UN chief António Guterres in Tuvalu. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten The announcement, ...

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UN urges accelerated efforts to achieve SDGs

António Guterres

If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a United Nations report presented on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres. “Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking,” stated Mr. Guterres. “This report shows ...

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EU, UN, legislators strategise ways to tackle drugs related crime

Glen Richard

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) appears to be a major beneficiary of a set of reforms identified by a team of legislators as well as officials of international agencies to address drugs related crime in Nigeria. At the close of a three-day session (Tuesday, July 11 to Thursday July 13, 2017) in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, ...

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Banks, UN seek to promote climate transparency in financial markets

Erik Solheim

Together with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), 11 of the world’s leading banks announced on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 a commitment to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities. Following the publication last month of the final recommendations by the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial ...

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Guterres outlines steps to strengthen UN’s development framework

António Guterres

Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 outlined steps to better place the organisation to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves. “We need to change in order to secure the promise of sustainable ...

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Amina Mohammed clamours stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa’s youth

Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday, July 3, 2017 called for the strengthening of the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) in order to deliver on promised development for Africa’s youth. Addressing her first African Union Summit since taking office, Ms. Mohammed said that the AU’s thematic focus this year on youth is a “powerful ...

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Images: Environment Ministry, UNDP explore areas of cooperation

UNDP FME

Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, in Abuja on Thursday, June 29, 2017, received the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Nigeria & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria Resident Representative, Edward Kallon, and his team. Discussions centered on areas of cooperation as well as numerous topical issues related to the environment and the many climate change challenges faced in Nigeria.

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Achim Steiner assumes office as UNDP boss

Achim Steiner

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the organisation. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly last April, following his nomination by Secretary-General, António Guterres. The UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories across ...

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Yemen cholera outbreak worst in the world – WHO, UNICEF

Cholera Yemen

The deadly cholera outbreak in Yemen is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have said. In a joint statement issued on Saturday, June 24, 2017, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO stated that, due to the conflict,  collapsing health, ...

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Sri Lanka’s Wickramanayake replaces Jordan’s Alhendawi as Guterres’ youth envoy

Jayathma Wickramanayake

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth.  She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General says he is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people, bringing the work of the United Nations closer to them. The success of the ...

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