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Each of Us Have a Role to Play in Creating a Sustainable and Healthy Future for the World’s Refugees

Guest post by Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. who spoke at the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants.  The United Nations General Assembly gathered last week to focus a bright light on the over 65 million people who are displaced worldwide. One message was clear: sympathy for the plight of refugees simply is not enough. Every sector of society shares a responsibility to address the root causes of the crisis. One may ask why the private sector should devote so much time and resources to giving back to communities in need around the...

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A recap of #UNGA activities on Wednesday

Halfway through the busiest week at United Nations Headquarters in New York, check out some of the highlights of the day at the General Assembly. Only nine months after the Paris climate conference, the world took an important step towards #ParisAgreement at the #UNGA:  60 countries – representing 47.5% of emissions – joined the treaty, nearing the 55% needed to enter into force. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, a “great day for the planet, for multilateralism and for our sustainable development agenda”. The Annual Treaty Event opened, giving countries the opportunity to sign or become party to treaties on...

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What’s going on at the #UNGA this Wednesday?

As the second day of the General Debate  continues, action on climate change is in focus at UN Headquarters in New York. First thing in the morning, leaders will be present instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Leaders will also commit to fighting antimicrobial resistance, also known as “drug resistance,” which threatens our ability to prevent and treat an ever-increasing range of deadly infections. Globally, 480 000 people develop multi-drug resistant tuberculosis each year, and antimicrobial resistance is complicating the fight against HIV and malaria. Without antibiotics, the major surgery and cancer chemotherapy are also compromised. Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat. To deliver on the Paris Agreement, the world needs action and investment on an unprecedented scale. Getting there requires innovation – in technology, policy, entrepreneurship and financing. Many side events on Wednesday, like this one organized by the World Bank, will discuss this and more. Last but not least, September 21st is the International Day of Peace. Special events were held in NYC last Friday at UN Headquarters with Michael Douglas, Leonardo Dicaprio, Steve Wonder and other Messengers of Peace. More information Official General Assembly website UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings Follow @UN, @UN_Spokesperson and #UNGA on Twitter (plus more specialized and multilingual accounts). Get news recaps all day long from the UN News Centre Follow UN accounts on social...

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A recap of #UNGA activities on Tuesday

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly , calling on world leaders to act now and work together for a better future. He also recognized the role of social media: “Phones and social media have connected the world in ways that were unimaginable when I took office, creating a world of new communities opportunities.”  A special event marked the first anniversary of  the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, featuring a powerful performance by tenor Andrea Bocelli.  On the heels of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was a Leaders Summit on Refugees aiming to increase funding to humanitarian appeals and international organizations, admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and increase refugees’ self-reliance and inclusion through opportunities for education and legal work. On the second anniversary of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, UN Women unveiled the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report, in which 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments and begin charting their progress toward achieving gender parity. Leaders and luminaries stopped by the #UNGA VIP Social Media Space to take part in Facebook Lives: Aviator and pioneer Bertrand Piccard, who achieved the first-ever circumnavigation of the global using on solar energy  UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration  Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

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Coming up at the #UNGA on Tuesday

As the General Debate oficially starts, a High-Level event will highlight the actions that all stakeholders are taking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. At its first anniversary, an opportunity to all Members State also show their achievements. After Monday’s historic Summit on Refugees and Migrants, a high level meeting of leaders will pledge new commitments at a special event organized by the United States. Also on Tuesday, world leaders, change-makers, activists and celebrities will mark the second anniversary of UN Women’s HeForShe inititive. Related and side events Private Sector Forum on Migration and Refugees SDGs Media Zone More information Official General Assembly website UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings Follow @UN, @UN_Spokesperson and #UNGA on Twitter (plus more specialized and multilingual accounts). Get news recaps all day long from the UN News Centre Follow UN accounts on social...

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