In the run up to the Sustainable Development Summit which takes place in New York this week, the UN held a media briefing at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton yesterday Sept 22, to provide an overview on the status of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how a number of these have been transformed into new development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new development agenda. More »
To mark International Day of Peace the United Nations visited the Curro Roodeplaat High School in Pretoria, where nearly 200 students gathered to listen to messages on the role of the UN in peace-building and development. More »
The Secretary-General — Message on the International Day For The Total Elimination Of Nuclear Weapons 26 September 2015
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of a nuclear weapon in war.
The norm against the use of nuclear weapons – the most destructive weapons ever created, with potentially unparalleled human costs – has stood strong for seven decades. More »
Through the millennia, shipping has united the world by carrying the goods and commodities that underpin the global economy. Today, shipping is a modern, highly technical, professional discipline that requires a great deal of skill, knowledge and expertise from the maritime workforce. The mariner of today cannot learn the skills required for success simply through work experience or learning on-the-job. A safe, secure and clean shipping industry can only be built on effective standards of education and training, which is the theme for this year’s World Maritime Day. More »
Syria crisis has propelled largest refugee exodus since WWII, UN official tells the Security Council
Addressing the Security Council on 16 September, UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien said that the plight of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach Europe in recent weeks had shown that the effects of the Syria crisis were not just national or regional, but global in nature. “The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War”, he stated. While urging stronger efforts to address the root causes that force people to seek asylum abroad, Mr. O’Brien stressed that for Syria, it should be clear to all that this means a political settlement to bring an end to the conflict. To that end, the UN humanitarian chief once again appealed to Security Council members to set aside their differences and work together to finally bring an end to this nightmare for the Syrian people.
http://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-24 More »