WANGO News 2015

WANGO joined thousands of delegates from government, UN agencies, NGOs, and civil society for the Paris Climate Conference, from November 30 to December 11. Following two weeks of negotiations, 195 nations adopted a landmark agreement that will, for the first time, commit nearly all countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. (Read more...)

Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to reliable electricity. Power Africa and USAID are addressing this challenge by mobilizing significant investments in renewable technologies throughout the continent, helping to diversify energy portfolios and accelerate Africa’s transition toward low-carbon economies.(Read more...)

WANGO Secretary General, Taj Hamad, spoke at the 10th Global Forum on Human Settlements at the UN on October 29. The Forum, held annually, brought together more than 300 local government representatives, UN officials, and business and NGO leaders to discuss implementation of the SDGs on a local level. (Read more...)

The UN Global Compact invites companies and NGOs to pilot the Poverty Footprint, a tool that helps companies evaluate their impact on poverty through their operations and policies. (Read more...)

On October 27, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific launched the "Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2015." The report offers a framework for integrating disaster risk reduction into sustainable development plans, policies, sectoral programs, and budgets in the region, the most disaster-prone in the world. (Read more...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping was among a number of heads of state, WANGO Secretary General, Taj Hamad, greeted during the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, from September 25-October 3, in New York. On September 28, Mr. Xi made his first address to the General Assembly, calling all countries to “make a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation.” (Read more...)

The UN Global Compact has developed several tools to help businesses better understand the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can guide corporate strategy. (Read more...)

In a speech to the UN Sustainable Development Summit on Sunday, September 27, U.S. President Barack Obama called on world leaders to act in addressing poverty, climate change, and the refugee crisis. "Our most basic bond--our common humanity--compels us to act," said Obama. (Read more...)

Pope Francis, in a speech at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia on September 26, spoke about the importance of families, urging people to "protect the family, because it’s in the family that our future is at play."(Read more...)

On September 25, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to eliminate poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. (Read more...)

From November 30-December 11, COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.(Read more...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on September 16 that he will convene a high-level meeting later this month to mobilize a “humane, effective and rights-based response” to a global crisis that has seen 60 million people displaced by brutal conflicts, breakdowns in governance, and economic despair.(Read more...)

On July 6, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015 in Oslo, Norway. The report provides a final assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs since their endorsement in 2000. (Read more...)

The UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center invites NGOs to apply for their 9th Eco-Peace Leadership Program, a year-long program to find solutions to local environmental problems in Asia. (Read more...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a high-level UN panel to address the growing gap between resources and financing for the world’s humanitarian efforts. (Read more...)

NGOs are invited to apply for consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2016 by June 1, 2015. Consultative status provides NGOs with access to not only ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the UN, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly. (Read more...)

An exciting new Devex series, #FutureINGO—in partnership with FSG, the Shared Value Initiative, and Global Impact—is exploring how the world’s largest INGOs are transitioning their partnership strategies from traditional corporate partnerships to more scalable initiatives. (Read more...)

The Power of Nutrition, a new independent fund launched on April 16, will help millions of children reach their full potential. Backed by leading organizations from private philanthropy and international development, the partnership aims to unlock $1 billion dollars to tackle child undernutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries.(Read more...)

According to the 2015 UN World Water Development Report, which was released in conjunction with World Water Day on March 20, the planet will face a 40 percent shortfall in water supply in 2030 unless the international community drastically improves water supply management.(Read more...)

In this article, Nonprofit Tech for Good, a social and mobile media blog for nonprofits, shares nine best practices for distributing content through social networks. (Read more...)

An initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and managed by UN OCHA, the first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016. The goal of the summit is to bring the global community together to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.(Read more...)

This is the “first generation with the potential to end poverty and the last generation to avoid the worst effects of climate change", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on February 2 at the "2015 Time for Global Action Youth Forum", calling on participants to help shape a future sustainable development agenda. With the deadline of the UN MDGs approaching this year, the UN will create new targets known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs). (Read more...)

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