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Guterres lays emphasis on gender parity

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women so as to ensure gender parity. Guterres told women’s rights activists and civil society representatives at a town hall discussion at UN headquarters in New York that “the clear objective of our time is parity rooted in women’s empowerment”. He added: “Gender parity at ...

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Paris Agreement, SDGs can generate better jobs – UN

Guy-Ryder

The ILO and UNFCCC team up to boost action on just transition and decent work in the context of climate change. The agreement between the two organisations is expected to bring a substantial contribution to the implementation of the Paris Agreement An agreement to promote decent work and a “just transition” of the workforce towards sustainable economies and societies for ...

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Images: UN Security Council in Nigeria

Edward Kallon

Photo News Archives For the first time in the history of the country, the United Nations Security Council visited Nigeria, albeit from Sunday, March 5 to Monday, March 6 2017. The UN delegation visited the cities of Maiduguri in Borno State and Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). On arriving Maiduguri on Sunday, the Security Council Visiting Mission to ...

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I’ll reposition sustainable development to achieve universal peace, says Amina Mohammed

Amina-Mohammed

Following an address to the 2017 ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, in New York on Tuesday, February 28 2017 encountered with the press, where she shed some light on what is expected of her as an assistant to António Guterres, the Secretary-General Amina Mohammed: I am delighted to be here.  My first interaction ...

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UN expert frowns at water provision in Lagos environment bill

Leo Heller

The United Nations expert on the human rights to water and sanitation raises serious concerns about a recent Bill in Lagos that criminalises abstraction of water from natural sources. The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, Léo Heller, says: “When the State fails to provide adequate access to drinking water, no one should be criminalised or ...

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Commonwealth, UN climate body commit to realisation of Paris Agreement

Commonwealth

The Commonwealth and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have committed to work closely together to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, met with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at Marlborough House in London on Friday, February 24 2017 to discuss how the Commonwealth Secretariat can support global ...

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Civil society speakers for UN climate, SDGs event

Ambassador Peter Thomson

President of the 71st UN General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Patricia Espinosa, will on Thursday, March 23 2017 convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders at United Nations Headquarters in a High-level Event for Action on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. ...

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Marine litter: UN declares war on ocean plastic

plastic

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday, February 23 2017 launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – such as microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the “#CleanSeas campaign” is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; ...

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Nigeria, EU, UN partner to boost criminal justice response to terrorism

Boko Haram

Nigeria is said to be taking an important step in its fight against terrorism, by working to further refine and strengthen its strategy to prosecute, reintegrate, and rehabilitate former members of Boko Haram in compliance with international laws and standards. For this purpose, technical and high level consultations were held in Abuja from 13 to 15 December 2016, on “Considering ...

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UN warns of famine as drought intensifies in Somalia

Somalia

As a devastating drought grips Somalia, United Nations agencies – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. The drought that the northern regions have struggled with for the last year has now spread throughout ...

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