Archive for May, 2014

World economy to strengthen as job growth remains ‘stubborn’ – UN report

23rd May 2014 News and Media

New York, 21 May 2014 – The global economy is expected to strengthen over the next two years, despite a downgrade of growth prospects for some developing countries and transition economies, and “stubbornly slow” job growth, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 mid-year update launched today in New York. (more…)

Russia, China block Security Council referral of Syria to International Criminal Court

23rd May 2014 News and Media

New York, 22 May 2014 – Despite repeated appeals by senior United Nations officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable today to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in the war-torn nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), due to vetoes by permanent members Russia and China. (more…)

UN Women calls on global citizens to bring gender equality into focus

23rd May 2014 Press Releases

Launches Beijing+20 Campaign:
Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!

New York, 22 May – UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity. (more…)

The Secretary-General Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

22nd May 2014 Press Releases

New York, 22 May 2014 – This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity falls in the International Year of Small Island Developing States and is being observed under the theme of “Island Diversity”. (more…)

Ukraine: UN official cites ‘worsening’ human rights situation in southern, eastern regions

22nd May 2014 News and Media

New York, 21 May 2014 – The southern and eastern regions of crisis-racked Ukraine are now awash in weapons and the scene of numerous cases of illegal detentions and abductions, a senior United Nations human rights official warned today, noting that he had discussed with the parties some rights-based and humanitarian de-escalation measures. (more…)