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UN agency urges investing in agriculture science and technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target

A scientist at an FAO-sponsored facility in India culls seeds from a variety of wheat. Photo: FAO/Jon Spaull

The United Nations has announced at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research. In a report issued last week, the UN Food and […]

UN pays tribute to Secretary-General Ban’s ‘never-tiring service to humanity’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly, following the Assembly's adoption of a resolution paying tribute to his service to the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The General Assembly today paid a tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “never-tiring service to humanity” over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor António Guterres, who will assume his duties on 1 January 2017. “Over the last ten years, Secretary-General Ban has led the United Nations with unwavering principles […]

‘Stand up for someone’s rights today,’ UN urges on Human Rights Day

A voter displays proof of having exercised her voice at the ballot box in Timore-Leste’s parliamentary elections. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone’s rights today, tomorrow and every day.” In his message on the Day, Mr. Ban […]

António Guterres set to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General

António Guterres of Portugal. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month. Mr. Guterres, 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June […]

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