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Happy Birthday, UN!

3 August 2015

The sixteen-month celebration will culminate on 24 October 2015, the day the UN Charter became a reality—the day now celebrated as UN Day. One of the most famous quotations about humanity’s need for the UN was from Dag Hammarskjöld, who reminded us that “the United Nations was not created to bring us to heaven, but […]

Watch the Pope at the UN

3 August 2015

Pope Francis is supposed to visit the UN beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time on Friday, 25 September, where he will give an address to the General Assembly.  Even if it is not on your local TV, if you can get on the internet you can search for webtv.un.org, or go to this link      […]

The Big Three

3 August 2015

2015 will become famous in UN history for three big events: the Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July, the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September, and the Climate Change conference (UNFCCC, or UN Framework Convention for Climate Change) in Paris in December.  All these events are linked […]

Preparations for Climate Change Talks

3 August 2015

On 29 June the UN held a High Level Climate Change Event (“High Level” means that UN representatives as well as country officials come, such as Ministers of Environment and Energy). At its opening, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “the stars are aligned as never before” for the success of the Paris climate talks, which, […]

Third International UN Conference on Financing for Development

3 August 2015

Many developing countries were generally disappointed in the outcome of the recent UN Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While the UN reported that the “groundbreaking agreement” forms the “foundation of a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development that will leave no one behind,” some civil society organizations were less enthusiastic. […]

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