World Family Summit News

The Beijing Platform for Action: inspiration then and now

An unprecedented 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists streamed into Beijing for the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women in September 1995. They were remarkably diverse, coming from around the globe, but they had a single purpose in mind: gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere. Two weeks of political debate followed, […]

Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

At the eighth meeting of its fifth session on 8 August 2014, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing adopted its report “proposing options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives”, as mandated by the Rio+20 outcome document. […]

24th of October – The United Nations Day

“The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. […] At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good. ” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UN Day […]

‘Convoco governos e indivíduos para trabalhar em uma causa comum para o bem comum’, diz Ban Ki-moon

Mensagem do secretário-geral da ONU, Ban Ki-moon, para o Dia da ONU 2014. A data é marcada anualmente em 24 de outubro. As Nações Unidas são, mais do que nunca, necessárias neste momento de múltiplas crises. A pobreza, a doença, o terrorismo, a discriminação e a mudança climática estão sendo um pesado fardo. Milhões de […]

Setting the Post-2015 MDGs Agenda

During the United Nations General Assembly meeting last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron proposed a new agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which expire in 2015. Cameron’s plan included 12 simple steps to eradicate global poverty. “If we end up with 17 goals there is a real danger that they will just […]

MY World reaches 5 MILLION votes – The Celebration!

The evening of 25th of September during the UN General Assembly week brought together MY World friends from far and near, in person and via liveweb-stream – and these MY World friends had 5 million reasons to celebrate! The hard work of dedicated MY World partners brought the voices of 5 MILLION PEOPLE from 194 countries […]

Joint Message by UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, UNDP and Education International on 5-10-14: World Teachers’ Day

5 October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. An education system is only as good as its teachers. Teachers are essential to universal and quality education for all: they are central to shaping the minds and attitudes of the coming generations to deal with new global challenges and opportunities. Innovative, inclusive and […]

Providing key information for MDG momentum

In the last week of September, high-level government representatives descended on New York to attend the UN General Assembly to address a number of issues vital for the well-being of our planet. Putting people at the centre of development, meeting new population challenges and ensuring the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples – these were some of the […]

Civil society messages at UN Climate Summit reverberate around the world

The 23 September UN Climate Summit was a multi-dimensional event which brought together more than 120 Heads of State and Government, along with leaders from civil society and business, to catalyze ambitious action to address climate change. During July and August, UN-NGLS led an open, transparent nomination process to identify civil society speakers and attendees […]