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New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

Marine waste, mainly fishing gear, being collected on the beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries’ economies, according to a United Nations report launched today. The report, Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity found that the number of species affected by marine debris has increased […]

At UN conference, countries adopt Cancun Declaration, ramping up efforts to protect world’s biodiversity


More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties […]

Decade after global treaty’s adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban Ki-moon

A child with disability, happily holds the slate to display her drawing skills during a class at the UNICEF-supported BRAC pre-primary school in Soyghoria village, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Tapash Paul

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago. “In the past decade, we have seen much progress. But, persons with disabilities continue to face grave disadvantages,” Mr. Ban told a high-level meeting on […]

UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses an informal meeting of the General Assembly on the United Nations’ new approach to cholera in Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 1 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera […]

Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN chief honoured for work to end epidemic, fight against stigma

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Rebecca Awiti, a Kenyan mother living with HIV who has three children – all of them HIV negative, at a UNAIDS special event commemorating World AIDS Day 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Speaking at a special event commemorating World AIDS Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with the disease and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to. “Hatred and bigotry spread disease and – as the founders of […]

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