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Damascus: sabotage and denying water is a "war crime", said UN Special Adviser for Syria
Description: United Nations - The Special Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland pointed to the need to have access in Damascus, where some 5.5 million have had their water cut off, adding that the acts of sabotaging and denying water is a "war crime".
  05 Jan 2017   1m20s 14 383 0

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UN head of economic development on new World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017 report
Description: United Nations - Weak global growth continues to linger, posing a challenge to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a top UN economist has said, adding that the global gross product is projected to expand just 2.2 per cent in 2016 – the slowest rate of growth since the Great Recession of 2009. World gross product is projected to grow by 2.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.9 per cent in 2018, which is a slight downward revision from the forecasts made last May. Speaking to UN News ahead of the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Assistant Secretary-General Lenni Montiel called for "deeper" international cooperation and stronger, "concerted policy effort" to stimulate investment and productivity. He also reiterated the importance of policies that support clean energy technology and combatting climate change, which impact economies in many countries. UN News Centre
  17 Jan 2017   2m49s 5 141 0
WESP 2017 -- Economic recovery continues
Description: These are the main points from the newest report, World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017, released on 17 January 2017. The report features global and regional economic forecasts for 2017 and 2018, as well as risks and uncertainties in the near term. It also provides detailed analysis on international trade and international finance. The report is produced at the beginning of each year by UN DESA, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the five UN regional commissions and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Access the complete report here: #WESP2017
  17 Jan 2017   2m19s 6 97 0
UN in Action Trailer (1'12")'
Description: United Nations - An award winning TV series, UN in Action produces 3-5 minutes' features on the UN, its agencies, funds, and programmes. They include issues such as Human Rights, Peace and Security, and the Sustainable Development Goals. All stories are available in the six official languages of the United Nations free of charge to broadcasters. Contact: Partnerships Unit for more information.
  17 Jan 2017   1m16s 12 220 0
UNESCO envoy highlights importance of partnerships in conflict resolution
Description: United Nations - Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker received the 2017 Crystal Award in Davos, Switzerland, ahead of this year's World Economic Forum. Mr Whitaker was honoured for his dedication to peacebuilding and conflict-resolution, as the special envoy for UN's cultural agency, UNESCO. In an earlier interview with UN News, Mr. Whitaker talked about his ideals and work - through various institutions - which serve to promote peace and reconciliation across the world's conflict-torn regions.
  17 Jan 2017   45s 2 87 0
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on combating anti-muslim discrimination and hatred
Description: United Nations - Video remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the high-level event on combating anti-muslim discrimination and hatred (17 January 2017)
  17 Jan 2017   2m 25 464 0
DESA: Youlia Antonova on building statistical capacity
Description: United Nations - Speaking to UN News, Youlia Antonova, Chief of DESA Capacity Development Section said building statistical capacity, especially in developing countries, is on the top of the global statistical community's agenda. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   1m23s 3 83 0
DESA: Srdjan Mrkic on challenges to collecting birth registration data
Description: United Nations - Speaking to UN News, Srdjan Mrkic, Chief of DESA Demographic Statistics Section said that one of the difficulties for collecting birth registration data is the lack of awareness of the importance of birth certificates in some countries. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   48s 2 51 0
DESA: Francesca Grum on gender data and achieving the SDGs
Description: United Nations - Speaking to UN News, Francesca Grum - Chief of DESA Social and Housing Statistics Section said that her section leads efforts to develop international standards and methodology to produce statistics on gender equality. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   1m15s 3 55 0
DESA: Keiko Osaki Tomita on assisting governments with national censuses
Description: United Nations- Speaking to UN News, Keiko Osaki Tomita, Assistant Director, DESA Demographic and Social Statistics Branch said that national censuses require very thorough planning; the studies often take place 3 or 4 years ahead of the census date. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   1m18s 3 58 0
DESA: Francesca Perucci on monitoring the progress made in the SDGs
Description: United Nations - Speaking to UN News, Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director of DESA Statistical Services Branch said that working on global SDG indicators and on data dissemination is very challenging, as some of the goals are not in the traditional national statistical systems. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   1m33s 2 35 0
DESA: Stefan Schweinfest on the role of statistics in achieving the SDGs
Description: United Nations - Speaking to UN News, Stefan Schweinfest, Director of DESA Statistics Division said that working towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a good opportunity to integrate statistics and data systems. In return, the statistics would help in setting priorities and provide solid information over time for eventually achieving Sustainable Development Goals. UN News Centre
  16 Jan 2017   1m38s 4 53 0
The Week in Review - 13 January 2017
Description: United Nations - Top stories from UN News during the week of 9 to 13 January 2017, featuring UN Secretary-General's first address to the Security Council, Opening of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and the latest ILO report on Employment and Social Outlook.
  14 Jan 2017   2m14s 14 712 0