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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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Paris climate accord: We’re still in, say U.S. leaders

Michael Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s action notwithstanding, Americans appear to have stood firmly by the Paris Agreement, thanks to what looks like an unprecedented outpouring of support for the famous climate treaty. Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, on Monday, June 5, 2017 submitted an unique statement of unity from hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors, ...

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Ocean Conference: Guterres urges nations to eschew short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

António Guterres

Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, June 5, 2017 told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean – all created by human activity – can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, ...

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UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris accord

António Guterres

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. “The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of ...

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Flagship UN ocean summit to mobilise action to reverse marine degradation

Ocean pollution

The United Nations has said that it will bring together Heads of States, Heads of Governments and other high-level delegates, representatives from civil society organisations, the business community, intergovernmental and UN agencies as well as renowned personalities, and other ocean and marine life advocates at the Ocean Conference on June 5 to 9, 2017 in New York to spur action to ...

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