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Participants endorse ‘Ashgabat Statement’ as first-ever UN conference on sustainable transport ends in Turkmen capital

The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded on 27 Novemeber in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the ‘Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,’ with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks. “The Conference has reinforced the importance of sustainable transport […]

Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day

Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence. “Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies,” Secretary-General Ban said in […]

UN conference examines sustainable transport financing for developing countries

The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conferencewrapped up today in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, with participants deliberating the needs of countries in special situations – mostly least developed countries – and avenues for financing sustainable transport. “Sustainable transport is a challenge for all countries, but countries in special situations, including least developed countries, landlocked […]

16 days of activism 2016

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by […]