Delegates Begin Text-Based Deliberations for First-Ever Treaty on Managing Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction Areas, at Start of Conference Session

The process of drafting the first-ever treaty addressing marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction entered a new phase today as Member States began text-based deliberations, with a view to reaching an agreement by the first half of 2020…

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Economic and Social Council Adopts Texts on Harmful Impact of Israeli Occupation, Rise in Opioid Overdose Deaths, Other Subjects, as Management Segment Begins

The Economic and Social Council today adopted decisions and resolutions on issues ranging from a rise in opioid overdose deaths to the social and economic consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and Syrian lands, as it continued its 2019 Coo…

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Success of 2030 Agenda for Post-Conflict Countries Largely Uneven, Speakers Tell Economic and Social Council, as High-level Segment Closes

Civil Society Groups Call for Immediate Action to Bolster Progress on Economic, Social, Environmental FrontsSuccess of the Sustainable Development Goals for post-conflict countries will be largely uneven as their societies continue to grapple with viol…

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Amid Effects of Climate Change, High Debt, Least Developed, Landlocked, Small Island Countries Struggle to Meet 2030 Agenda, Speakers Warn Political Forum

‘Stop the Problem,’ Palau’s President Urges, Pointing to Warming Oceans, Slow Progress on Halting Global Temperature RiseFrom climate change to burdensome debt, the challenges of small island developing States, least developed countries and landlocked …

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Cutting Off Access to Funds, Bolstering Criminal Justice Responses Key to Severing Terrorism-Organized Crime Link, Experts Tell Security Council

Speakers Urge Greater Support for States with Porous Borders, Weak Legal Mechanisms, Share Ways to Tackle Threats from ISIL/Dae’sh, Al-Shabaab, Boko HaramCombating terrorism and organized crime hinges on unravelling and severing the ties between these …

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More Unified, Early Action Key for Preventing Conflict, Reducing Human Suffering, Speakers Tells Security Council, Pointing to High Cost of Managing Crises

The United Nations should explore greater use of conflict prevention and mediation tools enshrined in its founding Charter, speakers told the Security Council today, as it examined the Organization’s long-standing culture of spending billions of dollar…

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Security Council: conflict prevention and mediation

Note: Following are summaries of statements made today in the Security Council meeting on conflict prevention and mediation. A complete summary of this Council meeting will be available later today as Press Release SC/13837.Briefings

ANTÓNIO GUTERRES,…

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Annual Session of the Executive Board 2019

As prepared for delivery.
Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, colleagues and friends.It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this session of the UNDP Executive Board.We meet today to consider the first miles travelled of UNDP’s new c…

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Annual Session of the Executive Board 2019

As prepared for delivery.
Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, colleagues and friends.It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this session of the UNDP Executive Board.We meet today to consider the first miles travelled of UNDP’s new c…

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Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Takes Up Quadrennial Reports, Sets June Date for Submitting Its Report, Concluding Resumed Session

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today suspended its 2019 resumed session pending one final day of work next month when its report to the Economic and Social Council will be finalized for adoption.Delegates approved 20 to 29 Ja…

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Indigenous Peoples Increasingly Criminalized, Harassed when Defending Rights, Land, Speakers Tell Permanent Forum, Urging Greater Access to Justice System

Indigenous peoples face a worrying escalation in their criminalization and harassment, especially when defending and exercising rights to their territories and natural resources, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues heard today as it continued its …

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Security Council Adopts Resolution Calling upon Belligerents Worldwide to Adopt Concrete Commitments on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Members Pass Resolution 2467 (2019) by 13 Votes in Favour, None against, as China, Russian Federation AbstainThe Security Council called today upon warring parties around the globe to implement concrete commitments to fight what many speakers described…

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Security Council Adopts Resolution Calling upon Belligerents Worldwide to Adopt Concrete Commitments on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Members Pass Resolution 2467 (2019) by 13 Votes in Favour, None against, as China, Russian Federation AbstainThe Security Council called today upon warring parties around the globe to implement concrete commitments to fight what many speakers described…

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Partnering with Custodians of Traditional Knowledge Key to Tackling Climate Change, Protecting Humanity, Speakers Stress as Permanent Forum Continues Session

Protecting and partnering with the custodians of traditional knowledge must be an active part of the solution to climate change consequences for the benefit of all humankind, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues heard today as its eighteenth sessio…

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Partnering with Custodians of Traditional Knowledge Key to Tackling Climate Change, Protecting Humanity, Speakers Stress as Permanent Forum Continues Session

Protecting and partnering with the custodians of traditional knowledge must be an active part of the solution to climate change consequences for the benefit of all humankind, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues heard today as its eighteenth sessio…

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Indigenous People’s Traditional Knowledge Must Be Preserved, Valued Globally, Speakers Stress as Permanent Forum Opens Annual Session

Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture, languages, heritage and livelihoods, and its transmission from one generation to the next must be protected, preserved and encouraged, speakers in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous I…

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Stronger South-South Cooperation Key to Tackling Climate Change, Rising Inequality, Global Leaders Stress as High-Level Conference Begins in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, 20 March — Amid complex and rapidly evolving global challenges, the tried-and-tested platform of South-South cooperation — a system of exchanging knowledge and resources between developing countries — must play a promine…

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Women’s Participation in Exercising Political Power Cannot Be Disputed, Says General Assembly President, Opening High-Level Event

When women work to rise to the top, whether in politics, business or community advocacy, they face resistance, discrimination, social stereotypes and double standards, the President of the General Assembly said today as she opened a high-level event on…

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Speakers Underline Social Protection Systems, Public Service Accessibility Being Critical to Gender Equality, as Women’s Commission Opens Session

As pushback against women’s rights around the world threaten to reverse hard-won gains, conviction and political courage must drive forward progress and build on achievements, high-level speakers pledged at the opening session of the sixty-third …

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.**Landmines

Good afternoon.  I’ll start off with a statement on the occasion of the twentieth annive…

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Security Council Adopts Resolution Outlining Means to Ensure Robust Support for African Union Peace Operations, End Conflict on Continent

The Security Council adopted a resolution today that outlines steps leading towards the goal of ending conflict in Africa through enhanced international cooperation and partnership as well as robust support for peace operations led by the African Union…

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Questions and Answers: EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls

What is the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls?
In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched an ambitious joint partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. It aims at mobilis…

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High Seas Crime Becoming More Sophisticated, Endangering Lives, International Security, Speakers Tell Security Council

Crime on the high seas is becoming increasingly sophisticated, endangering human life on land, the economic growth of entire regions and global safety, the head of the United Nations anti-crime agency warned the Security Council today, underscoring the…

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Continuing Regular Session, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Takes Note of 287 Quadrennial Reports, Postpones Action on 3 Entities

On the sixth day of its 2019 regular session, the Committee on Non‑Governmental Organizations today postponed action on requests from 3 organizations for special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and took note of …

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