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Call for Participants for COP22 Side Event in Marrakech 10-11 November

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22)  and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.
 

UN Secretary-General´s message on World Habitat Day

3 October 2016

Later this month, Governments and their partners will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).Held every 20 years, the Habitat conference is designed to reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the towns and cities of the future to look like.

UN unveils data partnership with Twitter in support of Global Goals

The United Nations Global Pulse initiative launched a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders to ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”

Migration Dynamics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

Prof. Aderanti Adepoju of the Human Resources Development Centre in Lagos, Nigeria notes that over 31 million Africans live outside the country of their birth, the majority within the African continent. In fact, the majority of migration is intra-regional or intra-African, especially in west and southern Africa and only about 25 percent of African migrants go to Europe.

Europe and the Refugee Crisis: A Challenge to Our Civilization

Prof. Laura Zanfrini of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy argues that the current refugee crisis is emblematic of Europe’s ambivalence and failure to manage forced migrations in the present time.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Video Message for International Day of Peace observances

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. 

Global Citizenship Education & the Path to Peace: Preventing Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace, Sustainable Development and Human Dignity

Can teaching students to view themselves as citizens of the world be the key to building peace and advancing equality and justice?  This was the question raised on 9 September at the United Nations Headquarters at an panel discussion organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Korea, Croatia, and Andorra, Jordan to the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding  (APCEIU), UN  Academic  Impact  (UNAI),  UN  Women, and InterPress Service entitled “Global Citizenship Education: An Emerging Agenda for Peace and P

The voice of an empowered girl: WiSci STEAM Camp 2016

By Inés Rénique, WiSci Camp Counselor and Girl Up Teen Advisor alumnae.

INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

8 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.

Greek volunteers awarded top UN humanitarian honour for efforts with migrants and refugees

6 September 2016 – A Greek human rights activist and a Greek volunteer rescue team – Efi Latsoudi and the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) – have been jointly awarded this year’sNansen Refugee Award for their efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.

Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

On World Day, top UN officials call for prompt entry into force of nuclear test ban treaty

29 August 2016 - Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior United Nations officials today called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. "Today marks a quarter of a century since the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan, ground zero for more than 450 nuclear tests," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the day. The victims there are joined by others scattered across Central Asia, North Africa, North America and the South Pacific.

'We cannot and will not leave anyone behind,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2016 – With a record 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that though solutions to the crises that plunged these people into such desperate hardship are neither simple nor quick, “there are things we can all do – today, and every day. We can show compassion, we can raise our voices against injustice, and we can work for change.”

On International Day, UN says youth can lead global drive for a more sustainable future

The world's young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said youth, with their creativity and idealism are the key to delivering the goals of the new UN sustainability agenda.

Many Languages, One World® International Essay Contest Winners Unveil Action Plans for a Sustainable Future at the United Nations General Assembly

Nearly 60 students from around the world gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 29 July to present their action plans for building a sustainable future through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event was the culmination of the weeklong Many Languages, One World® Global Youth Forum, held at Hofstra University in New York from 25 to 29 July.

On International Day, UN spotlights indigenous peoples' right to education

9 August 2016 – To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior United Nations officials are calling on Governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind as the journey to achieve the new UN Sustainable Development Goals gets under way.

On Friendship Day, Ban says lives can be enriched, future enhanced through unity and camaraderie

30 July 2016 – Marking the International Day of Friendship, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to unite in a shared spirit of human solidarity to overcome the crises confronting the global society.

The next International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance 2017 will take place in New Delhi, India

The 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017) will take place 7-9 March 2017 in New Delhi, India and will cover a wide range of issues such as digital empowerment, e-Governance, cyber security, and using of big data.

UNESCO explores ways to apply World Heritage Convention to ‘wonders’ of open ocean

A United Nations-backed report launched today explores the different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, or giant undersea volcanoes, none of which can be considered for listing because they are in the seas outside of any national jurisdiction.

Open Camps Continues to Unite People for Learning Technological Development at United Nations

Open Camps is the world's largest mission-driven open source conference, with 6,000+ attendees joining for 25+ conferences & events, featuring 400+ sessions on dozens of open source technologies. It continues to unite tech developers, NGOs, academic institutions at United Nations Headquarters in New York for learning how to use open source technologies for creating better social environment.