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29 June 2017

A humanitarian crossroads: Why climate resilience is key to avoiding future food crises

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP This post is part of a series from UNDP experts sharing their views and experiences in the lead up to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in May and the World Reconstruction Conference in June. Published on [...]

27 June 2017

UN agencies launch youth entrepreneurship and self-employment campaign to boost transition towards decent work

Vienna, 27 June 2017 - Today, on Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, we celebrate youth’s leadership in creating businesses and jobs all over the world. Young women and men are shaping our present and future, transforming societies and accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Youth’s creativity, innovation and drive are [...]

27 June 2017

Speech: “Together with our partners…we will continue to deliver for women and girls”—Executive Director

27 June, 2017 - Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board. [As delivered] Madame President, Members of the Executive Board, Distinguished delegates, Colleagues and friends, Good morning. Firstly, let me thank Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh for her strong interest and [...]

24 June 2017

UNDP partners with 50 leading newspapers to raise awareness of the Global Goals

June 23, 2017 - UNDP is partnering with Impact Journalism Day 2017 to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, around the world. On 24 June, 50 of the world’s leading newspapers, including USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, Le Figaro, The Hindu, City Press, El País and La [...]

20 June 2017

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Nairobi, appeals for child refugees

Nairobi/Geneva, 20 June 2017 - UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi.  Ms. Jolie met around 20 refugee girls, who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents and are now living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House and participating in a Girls’ Empowerment Programme.  The girls [...]

20 June 2017

Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

June 19, 2017 - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António [...]

19 June 2017

Launch of the joint UN Women/UNIDO online training module

Vienna, 19 June 2017 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Women have launched a new online training module, Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, as part of the I Know Gender e-learning course. Gender equality and the empowerment of women have a significant positive impact on sustained economic growth and [...]

19 June 2017

Major Global Brands Commit to Preventing Forced Labour in Supply Chains

Germany, 19 June 2017 - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) joins leading global brands, government officials, trade associations, recruiters and other expert organizations in Berlin to tackle forced labour in supply chains and encourage international companies to commit to the ethical recruitment of migrant workers. Participants at the Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment are [...]

19 June 2017

In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

New York, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF. [...]