UN News on your smartphone
The UN has launched two new apps for mobile phones which lets smart phone users get live audio from UN meetings and events as well as breaking news.
Listen to what is going on at the UN, LIVE with UN Audio Channels:
Using the new UN Audio Channels app (for Android and iOS platforms), you can now hear live UN meetings in New York, as well as UN Radio content from anywhere in the world on a smartphone – including information programmes, news bulletins, feature stories and interviews in the six UN official languages as well as in Kiswahili and Portuguese.
Get the latest world news, in 6 languages, with UN News Reader:
The UN News Reader app (for Android) connects you directly with the latest UN news feeds, in all six UN official languages. In addition, the app offers compact information about the UN through links to the UN main web site, Events Calendar, Calendar of Observances, Basic Facts about the United Nations (English version only), UN Multimedia, UN Radio, Twitter, Facebook and Weibo.
The UN News Reader app development was spearheaded by DPI’s UN Information Office in Almaty (Kazakhstan), who was supported by the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office (for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).
How to get these FREE apps
To download the apps, simply search in the respective app stores for ‘UN Audio Channels’ and ‘UN News Reader’ or use the following links on your smartphone:
UN News Reader: Android
"What are your hopes for them?"
"We left our hopes back in Syria."
(Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)
The photographer behind Humans of New York is leaving the streets of NYC for the streets of…everywhere. In partnership with the United Nations, he will be on a 50-day “UN World Tour” to document what is on the minds of people as they go about their daily lives.
State of the World’s Forests 2014
According to this book, forests have a huge potential that can contribute to sustainable development and greener economies. However clear evidence of this potential is the lacking ingredient. This edition thus addresses this knowledge gap “by systematically gathering and analyzing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food health, shelter, and energy needs”
In addition this report also suggests “ how information might be improved and policies adjusted so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.”
The report is available for download here in: Russian Arabic Spanish French Chinese
MISCA converts to MINUSCA
Through resolution 2149 (2014), unanimously adopted, the UNSC decided to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
The Council also decided that the transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the MINUSCA would take place on 15 September 2014.
- Secretary-General’s Reports on Central African Republic
- Previous Resolutions on Central African Republic
- Summary of the Security Council meeting
- Documentation on the Situation in the Central African Republic
- UNdata on Central African Republic
Non UN Resources
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
On Monday, March 31st 2014,in Yokohama, Japan, IPCC released the Fifth Assessment Report on the impacts of climate change.
The report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC, provides details about the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.The report concluded that the world is largely ill-prepared for climate- related risks.
The United Nations Secretary-General welcomed the latest report from the panel, urging the international community to “make every effort needed” to reach a global legal agreement in this regard by 2015.
From 1988 to 2014, watch the battle to eradicate polio unfold.
Red means the country still has cases of wild polio, yellow means the country is in a region that still has cases of wild polio, and white means that the disease has been eradicated.
Thanks to CNN for this great GIF! Check out the whole story here: http://cnn.it/1h0Mu3K
International Day of Forests
21st March 2014, is the International Day of Forests, declared by the UNGA resolution A/RES/67/200 - A global celebration of forests that provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
The theme of the event is Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development.
UNHQ celebrarates the International Day of Forests, 10am to 1pm, ECOSOC Chamber.
Activities expected to take place on the 2014 International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media.
- Message by the Secretary-General
- Report of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests
- The United Nations Forum Report
- DESA website
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Assessing global land use
Assessing global land use: balancing consumption with sustainable supply
According to UNEP,this new report explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to the sustainable management of global land use as a whole.
The report is available in English language here.
Launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (24 February)
The International Year of Small Island Developing States seeks to spotlight the contributions of this group of countries to the world, as well as celebrate their rich culture and diversity. The global launch will take place on 24 February, with a ceremony being held at the UN’s Trusteeship Council Chamber in New York at 10am. The event will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/.
The Year will also help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, and will focus on building partnerships for sustainable development. Preparations for the outcome of the Conference will also get under way on 24 February at the first Preparatory Meeting. To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.sids2014.org/.
Post-2015 development agenda: water, sanitation and sustainable energy
The General Assembly is holding a 2 day thematic debate on Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the Post-2015 development agenda on 18-19 February 2015.
Check out our new quick guide highlighting both UN and non-UN resources. See a list of recommended books and journal titles that we have access to:
More information on the debate:
World Youth Report 2013: Youth and Migration
The United Nations 2013 World Youth Report offers a broad understanding of the situation of young migrants from the perspective of young migrants themselves. The report highlights some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants based on their own lives and told in their own voices.
World Radio Day is celebrated on 13 February