22 August 2014
The UN expects over 300 initiatives to be announced at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing states, which will take place from 1 to 4 September 2014. The Conference’s Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships. (more…)
Source: SAMOA Parthway | A/CONF.223/3 | Draft outcome document of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States | 17 July 2014
Source: UN News Centre | UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships
1 August 2014
At the closing of a conference in Benin, ministers, senior government officials and United Nations representatives called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments and go even further, by allocating at least 50 per cent of their overseas development assistance (ODA) and ‘aid for trade’ disbursement, to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). The LDCs represent 48 countries in total. (more…)
Source: UN News Centre | At UN-backed summit, least developed countries urge enhanced partnerships, aid commitments
2 September 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon echoed the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in his 2013 Freedom Lecture delivered at Leiden University on the anniversary of Mr. King’s ‘I have a dream speech’ on 28 August, noting that Mr. King had presented a common future with shared responsibilities.
Mr. Ban, quoting a passage from Mr. King’s speech where he emphasised that ‘their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom’, stated that this understanding was even truer today as our freedoms, possibilities and perils today are linked like never before. Mr. Ban also emphasised the interdependency between development, peace and security and human rights, and encouraged world leaders to make sure no person is left behind.
Source: UN News Centre | In university lecture, Ban notes shared responsibility to protect rights, freedoms