Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Sustainable Development: Buddhist Leader Urges Increased Role For Youth

The need to accelerate progress toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, encourage youth engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and expand  the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) network of universities has been highlighted in a wide-ranging proposal by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist movement. With 12 million members … Continue reading Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Sustainable Development: Buddhist Leader Urges Increased Role For Youth

India to Host UN Conference on Land Degradation

India will host the global Conference on desertification, land degradation and drought from October 7 to 18, 2019 in New Delhi. Participants from 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will have access, for the first time, to a wealth of vital new scientific data, says the Convention secretariat. Desertification, along with … Continue reading India to Host UN Conference on Land Degradation

UN Lauds India for Training Foreign Diplomats on Disarmament

India is the first member country of the United Nations to have launched a fellowship programme on disarmament and international security for foreign diplomats. “This is a demonstration of India’s commitment to nuclear issues and disarmament,” a senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. With its focus on junior diplomats from a … Continue reading UN Lauds India for Training Foreign Diplomats on Disarmament

Expanding Mediterranean Forest Area Increasingly in Peril

The Mediterranean forest area has expanded by two percent resulting in a rise of 1.8 million hectares – about the size of Slovenia, says a joint report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Plan Bleu, Regional Activity Center of UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan. But the report titled The State of Mediterranean … Continue reading Expanding Mediterranean Forest Area Increasingly in Peril

ACP Group Chief Calls for Strengthening The UN System

In the face of burgeoning unilateralism and generally "turbulent" global environment, the 79-nation African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has urged “vigorous support” for the United Nations. ”Vigorous support for the United Nations to advance multilateralism will loom large in all the programmes and projects of the ACP in 2019,” according to ACP … Continue reading ACP Group Chief Calls for Strengthening The UN System

UAE Hosts UNIDO’s Supreme Policy Making Organ in November

When the Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and other official representatives, gathered in 2013 at the fifteenth session of the General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Peru's capital Lima, they agreed that eradication of poverty – Goal 1 of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – deserves priority. Six years … Continue reading UAE Hosts UNIDO’s Supreme Policy Making Organ in November

UNCTAD Helps Pacific Islands Build New Economic Links

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has opened an office in Samoa to coordinate a trade and transparency project for Pacific small islands, ahead of a regional free trade agreement coming into force in 2019. UNCTAD has joined agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN … Continue reading UNCTAD Helps Pacific Islands Build New Economic Links

Sustainable Blue Economy Movement Gains Momentum

The concept of sustainable blue economy is gaining momentum, including at the highest levels of decision making, encouraging proponents of the growing movement to believe that humans can use the ocean as a tool for lifting people out of poverty, all the while protecting its valuable ecosystems. It was not surprising, therefore, that the first-ever … Continue reading Sustainable Blue Economy Movement Gains Momentum

Palestine Looks Forward to an Exceptional Year As G77 Chair

2019 is slated to be an exceptional year for the State of Palestine, not least because it will preside over the Group of 77 (G77) – the largest bloc at the United Nations – comprising 134 developing countries representing some 80 percent of the world population. Though 71 years since the UN General Assembly adopted … Continue reading Palestine Looks Forward to an Exceptional Year As G77 Chair

UN Keen to Progress Towards 17 Global Development Goals

A series of events, including two High-level Political Forums (HLPFs) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit on the margins of the 74th General Assembly underline the vital importance of 2019 that marks the fourth year of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015. The … Continue reading UN Keen to Progress Towards 17 Global Development Goals