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At UN, official stresses role of parliaments in success of sustainable development agenda

01 September 2015 – Parliaments have a critical role in translating the new sustainable development agenda – which world leaders will adopt later this month at the United Nations – into real improvements for the lives of the world’s people, says the head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

General Assembly hands over draft global sustainability agenda to UN Member States

01 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN refugee agency delivers aid to non-government controlled area in Ukraine for first time in weeks

01 September 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it managed to deliver humanitarian aid to non-Government-controlled areas in eastern Ukriane for the first time in several weeks, including to Horvlika and other nearby areas north of Donetsk, which experienced heavy fighting in August.

Some 3,000 asylum-seekers now pass through former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily – UNICEF

01 September 2015 – The number of “exhausted and desperate” women and children making their way from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

New Ebola case in Sierra Leone prompts expansion of experimental vaccine trial – UN health agency

01 September 2015 – The detection of a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone over the weekend after the West African country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases has prompted the use of an experimental vaccine to fight the disease, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN environment agency unveils low-cost device for air quality monitoring

01 September 2015 – A ground-breaking air quality measuring device expected to cost up to 100 times less than existing solutions has the potential to “revolutionize” air quality measurement in developing countries and help prevent deaths from air pollution that claim 7 million lives each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Yemen: UN warns of ‘untenable’ humanitarian situation and steep increase in civilian causalities

01 September 2015 – The UN human rights office said today it is alarmed by the steep increase in the number of civilian casualties in Yemen’s Taiz governorate in recent weeks, as well as by the “untenable” humanitarian situation which is being made worse by the blockage of supply routes into Taiz city by local “popular committees” affiliated with the Houthis.

Ban mourns death of force commander of UN Haiti mission

31 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he was saddened by the news of the sudden death of the Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Yemen: ‘worrying outbreak’ of dengue fever prompts UN health agency appeal for safe humanitarian corridor

31 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where “an extreme spike” in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks.

Civil society must be ‘equal partners’ in implementing UN sustainability agenda, Ban tells parliamentarians

31 August 2015 – With speakers of parliament meeting at United Nations Headquarters at a moment when the world is gripped by multiple crises – displacement has soared to all-time highs and the threat of climate change grows by the day – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the legislators to help drive forward the new UN sustainable development agenda and ensure that civil society are equal partners in “building the future we want.”