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Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges 

A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday.  Source: News-Feed

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‘Critical moment’ for sustainable development, UN chief tells major financing forum

“Uneven growth, rising debt levels, possible upticks in financial volatility, and heightened global trade tensions” are hampering progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN chief António Guterres told the Forum on Financing for Development on Monday, during what he called “a critical moment” to “accelerate action for sustainable development”.  Source: News-Feed

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Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN 

The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least development countries (LDCs) on Saturday. Source: News-Feed

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‘The clock is ticking’ on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says UN deputy chief

Pointing to climate change, inequalities and other serious challenges, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a forum on Thursday Development that “the clock is ticking” down, to making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Source: News-Feed

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‘A trusted voice’ for social justice: Guterres celebrates 100 years of the International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been “a trusted voice” to “ensure social justice in every corner of our world”, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, at a high-level meeting to commemorate the centenary of what was the first ever United Nations agency. Source: News-Feed

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‘Once-in-a-generation opportunity’ will be squandered, warns Guterres, unless social, economic, environmental challenges are met

Unless the world faces its “social, economic and environmental challenges head-on”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be met. Source: News-Feed

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Urgently address ‘defining challenges of our time’, to empower youth worldwide, top UN official tells forum 

Young people require “skills, values, jobs and livelihoods that empower them” so they can help forge a more sustainable world, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Monday, kicking off its eighth Annual Youth Forum.  Source: News-Feed

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To meet development goals, UN agriculture agency ‘cannot only focus on tackling hunger anymore’

Innovating agriculture and promoting nutrition-sensitive food systems top the Food and Agriculture Agency’s (FAO) to-do list, its chief told the United Nations agriculture agency’s governing council on Monday, saying “we cannot only focus on tackling hunger anymore”.  Source: News-Feed

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Fight against climate change and poverty will fail without overhaul of global financial system, says major UN report

A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world’s financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030. Source: News-Feed

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'Score a goal’ for humanity, says Mohammed, celebrating winning link between sport and development

Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told an event in New York on Wednesday – headquarters of team UN – that “sport helps find common ground” during times of division. Source: News-Feed