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From Diplomat Artist Buzz & Animal Welfare Ambassadors
About  55,000 Borneo orangutans are left in the wild according to the UN Environment Programme. –MORE–

ECOSOC Youth Forum spotlights education, employment & entrepreneurship, health, peace, security, & governance as the thematic areas of greatest concern for young people in the future.

Mother Earth Day

UNSG Ban Ki-moon said action on climate change presents opportunities to “reset our relationship” with Mother Earth & improve human well-being. Sustainable energy can increase health, wealth & opportunity for billions of people, as can climate-smart agriculture, more efficient cities, & better managed/ protected forests.

New UNESCO Creative Cities

Brazzaville, designated “City of Music”, is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.

Water Cooperation Essential for Sustainable Development

According to UNICEF: Every day, around the world, nearly 2,000 children under age five die from diseases directly linked to contaminated water, a lack of sanitation or poor hygiene. In war-torn countries like Syria, the situation is most critical for refugees.


 Sina Weibo, China’s most popular micro-blogging platform, awarded Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a special ceremony for his efforts embracing social media as a conduit for issues confronting the global citizen. The dynamics in addressing major global issues such as peacekeeping, youth unemployment, sustainable development toward the goal of world peace are fostered with mutual understanding and knowledge via the internet and social media.


SUN News Centre Source

“We need governments, non-governmental organizations and concerned citizens to speak out about global problems – and work together for solutions. Social media networks like Sina Weibo are helping individuals to raise their voices,” Mr. Ban said in a video message delivered to the awards ceremony held in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The annual Sina Awards recognize advances in Internet and social media. Mr. Ban received the Sina Weibo Award for Special Merit for his engagement with young people through the micro-blogging platform, on which he held a live conversation in July.

During the conversation, Mr. Ban answered questions on a wide range of global issues, including peacekeeping, youth employment and sustainable development. The event was watched live by some 20 million people and subsequently attracted some 50 million Internet users.

The event “served as an occasion to confirm the possibility of achieving world peace through mutual understanding and cooperation,” Mr. Ban said.

During the ceremony, the United Nations Weibo account was also awarded the Annual Special Award. According to the selection committee, UN Weibo ranks first in terms of popularity and influence among Weibo accounts that are managed by organizations and governments. The account is currently followed by some 3.25 million users.

“Through social media, the United Nations is connecting to the peoples of the world in a way that was never possible before,” said the Director of the News and Media Division of the UN’s Department of Public Information, Stéphane Dujarric. “The dynamism of social media adds to the United Nations print, radio and television products to bring real-time information about the United Nations work and priorities to the global public.”

Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Dujarric, who accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Ban, noted that through the Sina Weibo platform, the UN has been able to share with millions of Chinese speakers important universal messages about the world body and the better future everyone wants for themselves and their children.


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Food security, education & economic integration are part of strategy but also enhancing ability of women & girls to access public services, social protection, employment opportunities & markets, according to Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Entity for Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Watch Film Report: Transportation to Drive Chinese Economic Growth
China has been production engine driving economic growth in Asia & increasingly the globe. The United States indicators of economic growth are freedom & a highly efficient logistics system. China is now at stages of economic growth where greater focus & investment is more efficient transportation system to serve domestic consumers & workers but also feed globe’s hunger for Chinese products.

Take part in this Monday (September 24, 2012) meeting Special Ministerial Meeting at the United Nations via social media with the theme of “Building the Future We Want” hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

UN Secretary General launched new initiative “Education First” which coincides also with International Literacy Day. This year’s International Literacy Day, observed annually on 8 September, has a special focus on fundamental relationship between literacy & peace.