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UNDP at 50: World must step up to beat poverty by 2030

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) on the eve of a major Ministerial Meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary. The SDGs are the 17 ambitious goals that set out the world’s development agenda between now and 2030, and include a commitment to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and spread peace and justice.

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Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Advocacy is central to generating momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Advocacy Group is composed of eminent personalities actively leveraging their unique resources, networks and specialized skills to help implement the 2030 Agenda.

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UNIDO and the EU: 10 years of cooperation in over 100 countries

A new report on the cooperation between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Union (EU) from 2005 to 2015 was today launched in Vienna in the presence of LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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Universal Children’s Day: Let’s #FightUnfair

20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today. “In just over a generation, the world has cut child death rates by half, put over 90 per cent of children in primary school, and increased by 2.6 billion the number of people with access to safe water,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

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World Humanitarian Day 2015

From refugee crisis to local economic development

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Environment center stage in Brussels

June has witnessed a series of environment related events taking place in the vibrant city of Brussels. The month started with ‘Green Week’ the largest annual gathering for the environment community in Europe, from 3 to 5 June, showcasing the theme of Nature and Biodiversity. Simultaneously the ‘European Development Days’ (EDDs) witnessed the participation of more than 6000 people on 3 and 4 of June in the 2015 European Year for Development’s flagship event.

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Migrant Heroes

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recently launched a world-wide campaign, #MigrantHeroes, inviting people around the world to identify and tell the stories of Migrant Heroes who contribute in a significant manner to their countries of origin and their host communities. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the diversity of migration and the various ways through which they can positively impact society.

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World Health Day 2015: How safe is your food?

On April 7, the UN celebrates World Health Day. This year’s theme is Food Safety; an excellent opportunity to recognize the important role we all play in ensuring the food safety of our food production, and to strengthen the collaboration and coordination between these areas in order to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne diseases.

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Stepping it up – 2030 needs to be the expiry date of gender inequality

UN Women celebrates International Women’s Day and the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women.

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UNESCO celebrates youth during fourth World Radio Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating World Radio Day on 13 February. The theme of the fourth World Radio Day is ‘Youth and Radio’, and the goal is to promote greater participation of youth in radio, not only as listeners, but as producers and broadcasters.

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CSR will help enterprises achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) took part in the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of February. Mr. Christophe Yvetot, the Head of UNIDO Liaison Office to the European Union was invited as speaker on the panel “International Development Cooperation – towards a global level playing field”.

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2015 Time for Global Action

As communicators for the United Nations in charge of Europe our greatest challenge is spreading messages on the importance of development in multiple languages

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Human Rights Day in Brussels

This year, the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels celebrated Human Rights Day by welcoming the public to a special screening at Bozar of Virunga - a documentary that explores the role that extractive industries have played in feeding the conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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WFP launches #FamilyMeal photo competition

Why is sharing a family meal important to you? WFP and the European Union are shining a spotlight during the coming holiday season on the universal custom of the family meal, launching the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

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Ninth Annual UN-EU Partnership Report launched on UN Day

The ninth annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents the United Nations - European Union humanitarian and development cooperation in 2013. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.

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‘The Family Meal – What brings us together?’

A new photo exhibition by the UN World Food Programme funded by the European Commission.

In an attempt to explore the question of ‘What brings us together?’, photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal.

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September - Climate Momentum

In these otherwise dark times of war and violence, the global mobilization for the climate has been a welcome ray of sunshine.

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UN Day in Brussels

We celebrated the 69th birthday of the United Nations on the Grand Place in Brussels, Sunday 26 October - Check out the pictures from the day or learn more about what was going on.

You might also be interested in our digital e-Kit full of useful links to documents and information materials that were on display at the village.

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UN Security Council visits Belgium

This weekend the Security Council will visit Belgium. This visit is part of the remembrance of the First World War. It's the first time that the Security Council will visit the country. After Belgium, the Council will visit the Netherlands, Somalia and South Sudan.

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July – MDG Report 2014 Released

The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs, it reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives; global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, according to a new report launched on Monday, 7th July, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Brussels

1 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
2 International Labour Organization (ILO)
3 International Organization for Migration (IOM)
4 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
5 The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
6 UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security - DPKO/DPA/DFS Liaison Office (UNLOPS)
7 United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNDCF)
8 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
9 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
10 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
11 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
12 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
13 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
14 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
15 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
16 United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
17 United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
18 United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
19 United Nations Office in Brussels
20 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
21 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
22 United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC)
23 United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
24 United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
25 World Bank
26 World Food Programme (WFP)
27 World Health Organization (WHO)
28 World Meteorological Organization (WMO)



What brings us together? - A World Food Programme & European Union project looking at 'The Family Meal'. 

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