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COP21 Kicks Off in Paris

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By Britta Schmitz PARIS, Nov. 30 – Paris is hosting one of the biggest international conferences ever held on French territory, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on climate change.   COP21 kicked off on Nov. 30 with the arrival of 151 world leaders. The conference started with statements of heads of state and government and various high-level meetings around mitigating climate change and its impact on our environment.   “Distinguished delegates, the eyes of the world have been on Paris for weeks. Now the eyes of millions of people around the world are on you, not just figuratively [Read More]

UN Secretary-General’s speech to COP21 Leaders Summit

Nov 30, 2015 News, Secretary General , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Paris, 30 November 2015 Your Excellency Mr. François Hollande, President of France, Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Your Excellency Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, You are here today to write the script for a new future. A future of hope and promise — of increased prosperity, security and dignity for all. In September, you adopted an inspiring new sustainable development agenda with ambitious goals endorsed by all. You showed your commitment to act for the common good. It is now time to do so again. More than 150 world leaders have come to Paris [Read More]

UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Nov 26, 2015 News, United Nations , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

United Nations, November 25 2015 Speaking at a commemorative event at United Nations Headquarters, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that ending violence against women and girls is a top priority for achieving the UN’s founding mission of peace, development and human rights. Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of UN Women’s civil society-driven 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign which will last until Human Rights Day on 10 December. The Secretary-General stressed,   “This year I am especially concerned about the impact of violent extremism on women and girls. [Read More]

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