Sustainable Development Goals
Meet Rupmani Cheri from India, she is the first UN Volunteer with disabilities. The volunteer has been assigned from India to serve in Ukraine as UN Volunteer Specialist for overcoming the stigmatisation of persons with disabilities. This deployment is a step towards ensuring that persons with disabilities fulfil their potential with dignity and equality, while also being yet another example of South-South cooperation through volunteerism.
United Nations - UN Secretary-General António Guterres' hails women for their many contributions on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017. This year's theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it's only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year's International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible. Learn more and take action here.
Award-winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed the United Nations in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Mr. Amritraj is the first Ambassador for the UN in India.
Video message by Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General to the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi between 17 and 19 January 2017. Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship international conference on geo-politics and geo-economics jointly organised by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
In his first message on his first day as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres appeals to the world for one shared new year resolution – to “put peace first” in the year 2017.
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, ends his second five-year term at the helm of the world body on 31 December 2016. In his final interview with UN News, Mr. Ban reflects on his decade-long stint, during which he played a key role in helping the international community confront the globe’s toughest challenges. Hailing from the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban’s first term began in 2007, and he was unanimously re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to a second term in 2012. Full interview available here.
On 16 December 2016, in a historic moment, the Indian Parliament has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 to improve the lives of people living with disabilities in India. Watch Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator, congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of Parliament for this pathbreaking achievement.
António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, was sworn in as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, at a ceremony presided over by the UN General Assembly President, Peter Thomson. Mr. Guterres, who was until recently the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will succeed South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, who will step down on 31 December 2016 after 10 years at the helm of the Organization.
Indian army veteran General Cardozo lost a leg during 1971 war but believes that disability can be overcome if you don’t give up.
Chetna Nagpal is a student with visual impairment who wants better technology to improve accessibility in education for persons with disabilities.
Rupmani Chhetri loves going to the theatre but she needs films to be deaf-friendly. She is asking for captioning and sign language!
Nipun Malhotra must plan well ahead before stepping out of his home as he is unsure if public spaces are wheelchair accessible. Making all our spaces accessible is an important first step to empower people with disabilities!
Simple language and easy-to-read signages can make sure we value people with intellectual disabilities in our community. Watch Sawmil Arneja and Maninder Singh’s story.
October 2nd, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warmly congratulated India for joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.
“India’s leadership builds on the continued strong political momentum from Paris for urgent global action on climate change,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban””s spokesperson.
India now joins the 61 other Parties that have deposited their instruments of ratification, which, including India, together account for close to 52 per cent of total global greenhouse emissions. India’s leadership moves the world an important step closer toward the 55 per cent threshold needed for the agreement”s entry into force this year.
In the statement, Mr. Ban called on all Parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as possible this year, stressing that action on climate change is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a more prosperous, equitable and livable future for all people.