12 September 2017

INTERVIEW: UN Assembly President aims to achieve ‘results for people’

12 September 2017 – Miroslav Lajčák hopes that under his presidency the United Nations General Assembly will overcome narrow national interests and produce tangible benefits for people. “My hope is that the 72nd session of the General Assembly will be a good one, a productive one that will result in many concrete solutions to [...]

14 August 2017

1,000 young talents gathered this week to work on innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals

This week, 1,000 young talents from 129 countries are gathered in Denmark to create real, implementable and scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event is organized by UNLEASH and was kicked-off in Copenhagen on the 13th of August and will culminate in an awards show in Musikhuset in Aarhus on the 21st [...]

11 August 2017

Youth can play ‘critical role’ in creating a peaceful world for generations to come – UN chief

New York, 11 August 2017 – In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people. “I'm truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General [...]

9 August 2017

Secretary-General Appoints Alison Smale of United Kingdom Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

New York, 9 August 2017 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale of the United Kingdom as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Department of Public Information.  She succeeds Cristina Gallach of Spain, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.  The Secretary-General also wishes [...]

26 July 2017

Game of Thrones star dedicates birthday to climate action

New York, 20 July 2017 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has announced that all he wants for his birthday this year is a healthy planet. To celebrate his 47th birthday this month, the Danish actor and star of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is asking his friends, family and fans to help [...]

13 July 2017

Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

New York, 13 July 2017 – Bags made from banana stem leftovers in Kenya, school benches manufactured from plastic wastes and other locally sourced materials in Burkina Faso, improving livelihoods of coffee farmers and protecting mountain gorillas in Uganda—these are some highlights of the innovative 15 winners of this year’s SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards announced during the [...]

10 July 2017

UN political forum opens with focus on eradicating poverty and forming partnerships

New York, 10 July 2017 – Senior government representatives are at the United Nations today for the start of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two years after they were adopted. Opening this year's political forum, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the President of Economic 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 [...]

6 June 2017

UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage

5 June 2017 – Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state [...]