|—||Secretary Kerry at an Equal Futures Partnership event on the margins of UNGA, September 22, 2014|
Today marks the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 193 countries will come together to work on an agenda packed with burning issues: foreign terrorist fighters, Ebola, climate change, and much more.
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September 22 marks the opening of sixty-ninth United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 194 countries will come together to work on an agenda packed with burning issues: foreign terrorist fighters, Ebola, climate change, and much more.
Incredible things can happen at UNGA — diplomacy often breaks out in uncommon and unanticipated ways, and the convening gravity of the United Nations gives Manhattan a decidedly multilateral tilt every September. In his speech earlier this year at West Point, the President discussed at some length his vision of American foreign policy leadership — leadership that would not shrink from challenges to U.S. interests, but would also seek to seize and employ opportunities for collective action when such a path offered the best chance for realizing U.S. goals.
The UN Climate Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) 2014.
"We have to keep our focus on 2014 as the year when most of the work needs to be done, and when we build people’s confidence that we can move to a low carbon economy," said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the unfccc.
Ebola can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
Find out more: http://j.mp/VcLQxi
Newly-appointed UN Climate Envoy Mary Robinson features in this list of the top 20 women working to combat climate change.
The women have diverse backgrounds—financial systems, workers’ rights, science, politics, development, media, diplomacy and more.
Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.
Read more here.
Many impact their communities and nations, but a special few enter our hearts, change the course of history, and leave an indelible mark on our world. This Friday, join us here on Tumblr and on Facebook for #MandelaDay as we honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
You can read the United Nations Secretary-General’s message about the 2014 Nelson Mandela International Day here.
UN climate expert Selwin Hart recently spoke to Daily Development - a non-profit organisation - about why combating climate change is a UN priority and how everyone can step up and take climate action.
Read his interview here.
Find out how you can take action at:www.un.org/climatechange/takeaction
Congratulations to actress Emma Watson on her appointment as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador!
“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” she said.
Read more about Ms. Watson and her work advocating for girls’ education.
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