World leaders will convene on 20-22 June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – known as Rio+20 – to build consensus on a more sustainable course for our world.

Today, over one billion people lack access to food, electricity or safe drinking water. Most of the world’s ecosystems are in decline. Climate change and global population growth are predicted to exacerbate these challenges. There has never been greater urgency to secure a better environmental, economic and social future for all.

The private sector has a critical role to play in this endeavour, and is increasingly putting sustainability – defined as a company’s delivery of long-term value in financial, social, environmental and ethical terms – on its agenda. Through the UN Global Compact alone, over 6,000 companies have committed to conduct business in line with human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption principles.

Monday (18 July) is the Nelson Mandela International Day, honouring Nelson Mandela’s contribution to culture of peace & freedom. 
Ban Ki-moon is joining the Nelson Mandela Foundation in saying the best way to wish Mr. Mandela a happy 93rd birthday is to perform 67 minutes of public service — one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service.  
In New York City? Head to Central Park to take part in special Mandela Day activities at 9:30 a.m. 
Test your knowledge — take an online quiz!

Monday (18 July) is the Nelson Mandela International Day, honouring Nelson Mandela’s contribution to culture of peace & freedom. 

Ban Ki-moon is joining the Nelson Mandela Foundation in saying the best way to wish Mr. Mandela a happy 93rd birthday is to perform 67 minutes of public service — one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service.  

In New York City? Head to Central Park to take part in special Mandela Day activities at 9:30 a.m. 

Test your knowledge — take an online quiz!

How can you help those affected by the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa? Here are some options.

UN Refugee Agency

UNICEF

Background information

UNICEF: Amidst the region’s worst drought in decades, Somali refugees crowd camps in Kenya

UNHCR: "We’re in a crisis right now": World’s biggest refugee camp sees alarming spike in child deaths

OCHA: Ethiopia: Funding, resources and access needed to help drought-affected Ethiopian communities

IRIN: Ethiopia: Somalis living from drought to drought