‘We need all hands on deck!’ The world’s ‘to-do list’ is long and time is short, UN deputy chief tells Global Citizen Festival

“Let’s tell it like it is: Our world is in big trouble. And we are facing crisis after crisis: People are hurting – and our planet is burning. Hunger is rising – and we are getting much more unequal. War is raging – and human rights are under attack,” the Deputy Secretary-General told the crowd … Read more

Least developed countries impacted by ‘range of interlinked crises’ – Assembly President — Global Issues

“Even before the pandemic, many at least developed countries were off-track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and had limited capacity to tackle complex challenges such as climate change or food insecurity,” Csaba Kőrösi said. “However, this year’s Ministerial Meeting assumes unique significance as it takes place amid a whole range of interlinked crises … Read more

Influential young changemakers recognized by UN — Global Issues

Every two years, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth picks out young change-makers who are at the forefront of attempts to combat the world’s most pressing issues, and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs. The current cohort of leaders were chosen following an open call for applications earlier this year, … Read more

UN spotlights transformational potential of family farming for world food supply — Global Issues

The UNDFF runs through the end of 2028, and the Forum is being convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 🚨 The planet is heading for a climate catastrophe and we urgently need sustainable solutions. Investing in small-scale agriculture is one of them. pic.twitter.com/e4Q1e0Cw1e — … Read more

General Assembly highlights ‘world’s to-do list’ — Global Issues

The 2022 SDG Momentwhich places an annual spotlight on the 17 Global Goals agreed by countries in December 2015, took place as the world faces a deepening cost-of-living crisis against the backdrop of the Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic, which have halted development , especially in low-income countries. “The world has a long ‘to … Read more

Financing education, imperative for ‘peaceful, prosperous, stable societies’ – UN chief — Global Issues

Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking alongside his Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, drew attention to the critical issue of innovative financing for education. He recalled that the “world is experiencing multiple crises”, and governments, businesses and families everywhere are feeling the financial strain. Moreover, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, two-thirds of countries have cut … Read more

Brazilian artist’s mural ‘for the planet’ proves big draw for UN General Assembly — Global Issues

Spreading along the First Avenue entrance just above New York’s iconic 42nd Street, and rising above the national flags of the world which stretch uptown, the panel covers some 350 square meters, and is due to be officially launched on Friday. The artist, who has more than 20 other works on display around the city, … Read more

Global UN forum showcases need, impact of South-South cooperation — Global Issues

At the opening of the Global South-South Development Expo 2022, Secretary-General António Guterres encouraged through a video message, collaboration among countries and communities to build a sustainable future for all. “It is important that Southern-led development solutions are shared far and wide,” he said, underlining the need for among developing countries as well as with … Read more

‘Solutions lie in solidarity’ UN chief says on South-South Cooperation Day — Global Issues

South-South cooperation is unity among people and countries of the developing world, known as the global South, which contributes to national well-being, collective self-reliance and achieving the global goals. “South-South and triangular cooperation are critical for developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate disruption, address the global health crisis, including COVID-19 recovery, and achieve … Read more

Social contract needed to lift Asia and Pacific region’s workforce out of poverty — Global Issues

“Our region spends less than half of the global average on social protection,” saidESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. “Almost 60 percent of the population has no social protection coverage against normal life events such as pregnancy, child-raising, sickness, disability, unemployment or simply getting old”. The 2022 Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific: The … Read more