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  • 05 Jun 2013
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2013 World Environment Day

    We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand, yet 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic. To create the future we want, we must correct this inequity. We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks. This is the vision of my Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

  • 22 Mar 2013
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2013 World Water Day

    Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures. One in three people already lives in a country with moderate to high water stress, and by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent.

  • 24 Feb 2013
    Opening Remarks of UN Resident Coordinator at the Workshop on Climate Change Impact in the Nile Basin

    On behalf of the UN System in Egypt, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all in the workshop on sharing experiences on climate change impacts in the Nile Basin. In particular, I would like to welcome distinguished guests from Nile Basin Countries whose participation in the workshop demonstrates a long standing interest and commitment in cooperation among water experts and officials in the basin.

  • 24 Sep 2012
    Remarks by UNDP Administrator at High-level Meeting on Sustainable Energy for All

    I am pleased to address this high-level event on Sustainable Energy for All -an initiative in which I have been pleased to participate in over the past year.

  • 05 Jun 2012
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2012 World Environment Day

    As the world gears up for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), World Environment Day is an opportunity to highlight the need for a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable world. This year’s theme, “Green Economy: Does it include you?”, underscores the need for everyone to play their part in keeping humankind's ecological footprint within planetary boundaries.

  • 01 May 2012
    St. Katherine’s Medicinal Plants Project Receives Equator Prize

    The Medicinal Plants Association in St. Katherine, established by the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants project, recently won the prestigious Equator Prize for its efforts to preserve the wild medicinal plants and rare and endangered species in the St. Katherine Protectorate, located in South Sinai.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2012 International Mother Earth Day

    The annual observance of International Mother Earth Day honours our one and only planet and the place of human beings in it. It is also meant as a call to action against human disregard for nature’s life-supporting resources and ecosystems.

  • 22 Mar 2011
    Statement by UN Secretary General on 2011 World Water Day

    As the world charts a more sustainable future, the crucial interplay among water, food and energy is one of the most formidable challenges we face. Without water there is no dignity and no escape from poverty. Yet the Millennium Development Goal target for water and sanitation is among those on which many countries lag the most.

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