Month: September 2017

Sustainable tourism can advance global development, UN agency highlights on World Day

Bird watchers and tourists at the Cixi wetlands in China, which have become a national park that attracts thousands every year. Photo: You Ji/World Bank

On World Tourism Day, the United Nations underscored the potential of sustainable tourism to advance economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainable development. On World Tourism Day, the United Nations underscored the potential of sustainable tourism to advance economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainable development. “This year’s celebration comes at a very special time,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of […]

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

Graphic from the Saudi Communication and Media Center on 26 September 2017 explaining that women are allowed to drive. Photo: Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars in the country. In a tweet, the UN chief noted that ending the restrictions represents an “important step in the right direction.” According to reports, under the new law, women can legally obtain a driving licence without asking a male […]

With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says

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PGA opening GA72 on Monday

The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations. “You reaffirmed your […]

New lab will boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

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The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay. The modern Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), located in Seibersdorf, Austria, will boost the Agency’s ability to assist Member States […]

UN officials hail establishment of Technology Bank for world’s poorest nations

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United Nations officials today hailed the establishment of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which will go a long way in addressing one of the major challenges facing the world’s poorest nations. The Bank, to be headquartered in Gebze, Turkey, also marks the achievement of the first target of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […]

‘To deny climate change is to deny a truth we have just lived’ says Prime Minister of storm-hit Dominica

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

  Pleading with all countries in the United Nations General Assembly – large and small, rich and poor – to come together to save our planet, the Prime Minister of Dominica, where the landscape, ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes “resembles a warzone,” said his and other islands in the Caribbean need help now to build their […]