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World Space Week 4-10 October

2019 theme: “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars” The theme of World Space Week 2019 is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first step on the Moon on 20 July 1969. For the first time in our 200,000-year existence, we were not solely bound to Earth anymore. The […]

Security Council must seize ‘golden opportunity’ for stability in Great Lakes region: UN envoy

The international community must step up efforts to end instability around Africa’s Great Lakes so that millions there can benefit from its riches, the UN Special Envoy for the region told the Security Council on Thursday. “The Great Lakes region is, more than ever before in recent history, resolutely committed to pursuing stability for itself”, Huang Xia […]

‘We need to stand up now’ for the elderly: urges UN rights expert on World Day

          In the coming decade, the number of persons aged 60 or over is projected to grow by 46 per cent, making the increase in those officially classified as elderly, one of the “most significant transformations of this century,” the United Nations declared on Tuesday, marking the International Day of Older Persons.  By 2030, 1.4 billion […]

Haitian Foreign Minister calls for development reboot to close ‘striking gap’ between promises and action on ending poverty

  The future of humanity hinges on full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, if we don’t get there, “we may never see the world that ‘we the peoples of the United Nations’ have long been calling for,” Bocchit Edmond, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti, told the General Assembly, the Organization’s top deliberative body. “It is […]

‘Milestone agreement’ paves the way for new UN Human Rights Office in Sudan

“With this milestone agreement, we are poised to accompany Sudan through an important moment in its history” – the words of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday, as she signed a deal between the UN and the newly-constituted Government of Sudan to open a Human Rights Office in the capital, Khartoum. The signing […]