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‘Smart’ money moving to ‘green’ financing, reveals new UN report

14 July 2017 – Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, the United Nations environment arm has said. In its new report on green finance, […]

7 July 2017 – Gonorrhoea is becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the United Nations health agency today cautioned, adding that there is a need for better prevention and treatment of the disease that infects an estimated 78 million people each year. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use […]

CYCLING FOR KNOWLEDGE: The 2017 edition of Cyclo-Biblio makes a stop at the Palais des Nations by Cristina Giordano, UN Library at Geneva

The day is 19 June 2017, it is hot and sunny. It is a Monday and the beginning of an extraordinary heat wave in Geneva. Around noon, UN Security officers open the gate known as « La Fenêtre », an entrance to the UN compound that is usually closed, to let in a colourful group of cyclists […]

Turkmenistan revives the phenomenon of the Great Silk Road in transport strategy

The railway and automobile bridges of Turkmenabat-Farab were put into operation, becoming a significant element of the country’s transport infrastructure, reviving the Great Silk Road in its new quality. Thus, the territory of Central Asia, step by step, becomes one of the most important transport and transit crossings of the continent. The railway bridge has […]

Interview with Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Headquarters in Geneva

When Michael Møller was asked to assume the post as interim Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, it was initially thought to be for a few months. He did such an outstanding job that, when the interim period was close to an end, members of the diplomatic corps in Geneva had already sent […]

‘All refugees want to go home someday’ – UNHCR spokesperson and author Melissa Fleming

26 May 2017 – “I envy the mountains and the trees and the rocks because they will be able to breathe Daraa’s air and I won’t.” Those were the thoughts going through Doaa Al Zamel, when she and her family reached the Jordanian border. It was November 2012, one year and eight months since the […]

Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

3 April 2017 – A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “[The report] is meant to spur discussion […]

2017 ASEAN Film Festival, 27 March to 07 April 2017

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), we wish to invite everyone to the 2017 ASEAN Film Festival, which will be held from 27 March to 7 April 2017 at Cinema (Room XIV), 1/F, Building A (Door 17) of the Palais des Nations. The films will screen at 12:30 p.m. everyday. […]

Anne Bonny: (c.1698 – c.1725s): An Irish Pirate

It was common belief among pirates that having women aboard a ship was bad luck. It didn’t prevent a few swashbuckling ladies from joining and even leading bands of buccaneers.  Anne Bonny, or Bonney, has been the inspiration for countless stories, books, films, songs and other works. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), pseudonym Captain Charles Johnson, wrote […]

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports

6 March 2017 – Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of young child deaths, according to two new reports from the United Nations health agency, which reviewed the threats from pollutants such as second-hand smoke, UV radiation, unsafe water and e-waste. According to the latest information, polluted environments take the lives of 1.7 million children […]