2015: Time for Global Action

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“2015 can and must be the time for global action”. 

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

In 2015, the world has an historic opportunity to chart a new era of sustainability, building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals.

The MDGs – global targets agreed by countries in 2000 to address extreme poverty, promote education and prevent disease – have demonstrated the feats that can be accomplished when the international community work together. Extreme poverty has been halved, more children are going to school and investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.

Three high-level international meetings in 2015 provide the opportunity for global action:

  • The Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July.
  • The Special Summit on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York in September,  where world leaders will adopt a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, expected to provide a blueprint for action until 2030.
  • The UN climate conference in Paris in December, expected to result in a universal and meaningful climate change agreement.

Other events and activities will be happening throughout the year to involve people everywhere in the year of action, kicking off with a digital rally on 15 January. Join the online conversation using #action2015 on social media and follow the UN MDG accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

On 15 January, 2015: Time for Global Action kicks off with the support of civil society. In this photo, the Secretary-General meets with some fifteen year olds to shine the spotlight on the importance of the year.

On 15 January, 2015: Time for Global Action kicks off with the support of civil society. In this photo, the Secretary-General meets with some fifteen year olds to shine the spotlight on the importance of the year.


Recap for Thursday at the UN General Assembly and what’s still to come

The busiest week of the year continued on Thursday at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events.  Below are some highlights. 

See all our behind the scenes photos in our Flickr gallery.

World leaders, including the President of Guinee Alpha Conde, at a high-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak.

“We come together today in solidarity with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they face the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a High-level Event on Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak which aimed speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security.

New UN human rights chief Zeid (centre) with ministers attending a meeting organized by the UN’s Free and Equal camapaign.

Foreign ministers met to discuss anti-homophobia efforts at an event organized by the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign. All week, delegates and UN staff have been taking photos to show support for LGBT rights at a photo booth set up in the lobby of the General Assembly building.

  • Hashtag: #freeandequal

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.

Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force. The milestone was announced Thursday at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event, an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

More on Thursday’s events

Still to come on Friday and the weeknd 

The General Debate of the General Assembly continues on Friday. All speeches by delegates at the meeting can be seen live on webcast.

Also taking place on Friday:


On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon will once again join an array of top artists including Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Fun, The Roots and Tiesto at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. The performers, along with the thousands of people in the audience, will be there because they have taken action to end extreme poverty. Watch the concert live on cable on MSNBC  or at msnbc.comNBC News will also produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air in the United States on NBC at 9 p.m. on 27 September. 

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