Belarus adopts Action Plan to implement Environmental Performance Review recommendations 03 February 2016
The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus has approved an Action Plan rolling out some 80 measures to address the recommendations contained in the Third UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Belarus. The adoption of the Action Plan reaffirms the country’s strong commitment to the EPR process. Belarus has one of the highest implementation scores among countries participating in the UNECE EPR Programme, with an 84 per cent implementation rate for the recommendations issued in its previous EPR.
MANY LANGUAGES, ONE WORLD 2016 - Student Essay Contest Announced 11 January 2016
60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25–31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Launch of New Sustainable Development Agenda to Guide Development Actions for the Next 15 Years 01 January 2016
The new year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon. “They are a to–do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
Ban Ki-moon: A New Era of Opportunity 18 December 2015
Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War. Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet. Governments have ushered in a new era of global cooperation on climate change – one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity. In doing so, they have significantly advanced efforts to uphold our Charter mandate to "save succeeding generations".
International Migrants Day 18 December 2015
2015 will be remembered as a year of human suffering and migrant tragedies. Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 women, men and children lost their lives in search of protection and a better life. Tens of thousands more have been exploited and abused by human traffickers. And millions have been made into scapegoats and become the targets of xenophobic policies and alarmist rhetoric.