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Urgently address ‘defining challenges of our time’, to empower youth worldwide, top UN official tells forum

Young people require “skills, values, jobs and livelihoods that empower them” so they can help forge a more sustainable world, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Monday, kicking off its eighth Annual Youth Forum. President of ECOSOC, Inga Rhonda King (centre), addresses the ECOSOC Youth Forum, 8 April 2019., by UN Photo/Evan […]

Removing deadly mines means ‘new horizons and hope’, clears a path to SDGs, says UN chief

  The path towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must be “clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices (IEDs)”, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Thursday, International Mine Awareness Day. “All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step”, António Guterres spelled out in his message, lauding mine […]

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF

  More than 19 million children in Bangladesh are at risk from devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday in a new report. According to the study – Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh – the country’s flat topography, dense population and […]

Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry

Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU “Global […]

‘Counter and reject’ leaders who seek to ‘exploit differences’ between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo

  Speaking in Cairo’s historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to “focus on what unites us”, urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda “for the collective benefit of all”. Reflecting on what he called “ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia”, the Secretary-General said […]