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Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body

Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body

First Work Plan and Budget for The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Approved

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed today, marking World Food Day.

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, adding that time is running out to address this global threat.

UN-NGLS launches Advancing Regional Recommendations Post-2015 Consultation Report

UN-NGLS is pleased to announce the publication of its report "Advancing Regional Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda," the synthesis of a four-month consultation conducted in writing and via teleconferences with 120 regional civil society networks.

States, civil society embarking on new partnership

States, civil society embarking on new partnership

The General Assembly is embarking on a new partnership between Member States and civil society, the President of the 68th body, John Ashe, said highlighting the role of non-governmental organizations and other partners in shaping a new global development agenda.

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

The United Nations has received a total of $2.5 billion additional commitments in the race to achieve the global anti-poverty goals by the 2015 deadline.

UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

World closing in on Millennium Development Goal 6, globally the AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed—race is on to reach universal access to HIV treatment.

Renewed, stronger partnerships needed to close gaps on anti-poverty goals – UN reports

Renewed, stronger partnerships needed to close gaps on anti-poverty goals – UN reports

19 September 2013 – The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said launching a new report which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

Bird flu viruses could re-emerge in upcoming flu season

International experts recommend vigilance and promote targeted surveillance, market restructuring to fight H7N9, H5N1 and other threats

Some 35 million more children under five at risk if child mortality goal not met

The cost of inaction is alarmingly high: as many as 35 million more children could die mostly from preventable causes between 2015 and 2028, if the global community does not take immediate action to accelerate progress.  

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

The 2013 edition of the World Happiness Report was launched on 9 September 2013, following a conference on happiness on 8 September. The report calls on policy makers to make happiness a key measure and target of development.

Asia-Pacific countries stress ‘leave no-one behind’ as critical for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015

Ministers and high-level representatives from Asia and the Pacific have adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration of the Asia-Pacific region on the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015’ as the key outcome document of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, convened by the Royal Government of Thailand with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Amid renewed fighting UN agency urges Central African Republic to protect civilians

Amid renewed fighting UN agency urges Central African Republic to protect civilians

29 August 2013 – Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) must protect civilians from the fighting which has killed at least 10 people and forced thousands to flee their homes in Bangui, the capital, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, A Life of Dignity for All , containing updates on the Goals and a vision for the work ahead.



Expert Views on UN and CSOs / NGOs Sector

Inequality seen as bar to development
With the richest 1% of the population now owning 40% of global assets, and the bottom half sharing just 1%, inequality is fast being recognized as a stubborn underlying obstacle to development.

5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness
Some surprising factors that influence well-being around the world.



UN and UN Agencies Key Documents