Picture: AFP Галерия Mr Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN who rose through its ranks to become its first black African secretary-general, died on Saturday. He was 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as "radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did". In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced the death with "immense sadness", saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina. At UN headquarters in New York, the UN flags flew at half-mast and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Mr Annan's portrait. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a ground-breaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, … [Read more...] about Kofi Annan: World mourns after death of former United Nations secretary-general
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Daniel Pelz Deutsche Welle Published 2:31 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 Kofi Annan — a small man with a grey goatee, smiling from behind his desk in New York — once recalled that his first day as United Nation's secretary-general was like his first day at school. The former United Nations secretary general, who died at 80 on Saturday, was born into a prominent family in 1938 in Kumasi, the second biggest city in Ghana. His father was governor of Ashanti province under British colonial rule. Annan attended top schools in Ghana, Switzerland and later in the U.S. Picture-perfect U.N. career Annan joined the U.N. at the age of 24, first working as an administrator at the World Health Organization and then becoming head of personnel for the U.N. mission in Cairo, deputy director of the UNHCR in Geneva and eventually deputy U.N. secretary-general. In 1993, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali nominated him under-secretary-general for peacekeeping, … [Read more...] about Kofi Annan: Ex-United Nations secretary-general remembered as untiring peace negotiator
For ten days in July, global delegates met at the United Nations in New York to discuss their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the news was not all good. The SDGs – targets laid down in 2015 to raise millions out of poverty and help put the world on a sustainable track to global health – are lofty, and for some nations, proving difficult. For the first time in a decade, the number of people undernourished has increased – up by 38 million people to 815 million worldwide. Young people remain three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Access to water is improving, but basic sanitation remains off track. Since 2015, 250 million more people in Africa have access to clean fuels for cooking. But according to Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer at the United Nations Foundation, there are still positive stories of change. And in order to meet the SDGs' ambitious goals, innovation is key. Sometimes that means taking a new … [Read more...] about Global Goalscast: Who’s making progress on their development goals?
High income countries are falling short of the goals set three years ago by the United Natons, with Scandinavian countries a notable exception. EURACTIV.fr reports. Three years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by UN member states, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS) paint a mixed picture of the progress made so far in their annual assessment. Unsurprisingly, OECD countries are leading the way in achieving the SDGs and are in the top 20. Sweden, Denmark and Finland hold the best scores with SDG achievement rates above 83%. However, authors of the report stressed that high-income countries are still far from achieving the goals set. “Even countries with good results on the index, score well below the maximum of 100”, which equates to full achievement of the goals. OECD countries struggle with four objectives related to development of sustainable consumption and production patterns, climate … [Read more...] about G20 countries risk falling short of achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Every year, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) holds a general meeting, the Commission Session, at which member countries are updated on the activities of the organization and receive and adopt reports, vote on resolutions and approve new programs.This year, ESCAP held its 74th Commission Session from the 11th to the 16th of May 2018.Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, led Vanuatu’s delegation to this meeting. The delegation consisted of Ms Juliette Hakwa, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) in the Prime Minister’s Office; Mr Brian Wabaiat, Senior Fiscal Policy Officer at the Department of Finance and Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management; and Mr Sanlan William, Head of United Nations and Economic Relations Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International … [Read more...] about Vanuatu participates in 74th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific