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 [...]

30 May 2017

World No Tobacco Day: tobacco threatens us all

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease globally, but tobacco threatens more than people’s health and well-being. It also poses a significant threat to economic well-being and, more broadly, to the sustainable development of countries in the WHO European Region and throughout the world. Strong, comprehensive measures to control [...]

30 May 2017

UNIDO releases a documentary on the world’s quest for industrial development

Vienna, 30 May 2017 - Building Lives and Factories explores the past, present and future of industrial development, with a particular focus on the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Directed by Miles Roston, this visually stunning film depicts the history of industrialization, and its role in promoting social and economic growth, as well [...]

15 May 2017

Vienna Energy Forum participants formulate key messages reflecting role of energy in implementing SDGs and Paris climate agreement

Vienna, 15 May 2017 – Participants at the Vienna Energy Forum, which concluded on Friday in the Austrian capital, agreed on ten key messages that highlight the catalytic role of energy for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate. Key message 1 - Many of the [...]

1 May 2017

UN City opens new Visitor Centre for schools

Today, May 1, marks the official opening of UN City’s new Visitor Centre for schools – #UNCity4Schools. #UNCity4Schools invites all school classes from 1st to 9th grade to visit UN City to experience the building and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Schools can choose between six themes adapted for different age groups, [...]

27 April 2017

UNDP and GSMA partner on mobile technology for global development goals

Abidjan, 27 April 2017 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the GSMA are joining forces to harness the power of mobile technology to accelerate implementation of the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and [...]