United Nations Archives - State of the Planet

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To Sustain Peace, UN Should Embrace Complexity and Be UN-Heroic

A new report from the United Nations lays out new goals for building and keeping peace, but will likely face several challenges.

by |March 22, 2018
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Meeting at UN Security Council Discusses Climate Change and Conflict

The council discussed the security implications of the changing climate and debated what the council’s role should be in this issue.

by |December 22, 2017

4th International Sustainable Development Conference Coming up

The world is working on sustainable development. And many of the new ideas and innovations being applied to fields from agriculture and food security to climate adaptation to socially inclusive economic growth will be on display at the fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held at Columbia University Sept. 21-22.

by |September 8, 2016
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International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

In recognition of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, Security-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement that should be required reading for everyone thinking about the next generation of international development goals.

by |November 8, 2012
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Healthy Oceans: Charting A New Course

Leading up to Rio+20, on April 25th the United Nations hosted “Healthy Oceans: Charting A New Course,” a panel discussion which brought together a range of experts to discuss the fate of the world’s oceans and what can be done to protect them.

by |April 30, 2012

Water Problems Are Solvable: The International Water Forum at the UN

Water problems are solvable. None of the many challenges are outside of the ability of human-kind to respond and resolve. As with so many things, political will and money are needed, but the International Water Forum at the UN took it further; the general public has to understand and care before the political will and money will materialize. And the way to the general public’s heart is through effective communication.

by |September 22, 2011

Millennium Goals, Five Years to Go

As 140 heads of state and government gather Monday at the United Nations for the Millennium Development Goals summit, they and the public will ask what has come out of this decade-long effort. The answer will surprise them …

by |September 20, 2010