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INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’

10 February 2016 – Atefah “Atti” Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times – a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.

Climate outlook ‘particularly concerning’ in southern Africa due to El Niño - UN agency

10 February 2016 – El Niño conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reported in its latest report.

As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds 'strong collaboration' on reaching UN's goals

10 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN's advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body's lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.

UN health agency delivers medical aid inside Yemen's Taiz city after blocked entry

10 February 2016 – Following months of blocked access to the Yemeni city of Taiz, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today it has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to meet the most urgent needs of those with limited access to humanitarian aid.

Low on funds, UN and partners race ahead of rains to tackle needs in South Sudan

10 February 2016 – With humanitarian needs rising in South Sudan, the top United Nations relief official in the country has called for urgent funding to allow aid organizations to rapidly increase humanitarian action during the current dry season.

Central African Republic: UN report urges steps to end impunity for rights abuses

10 February 2016 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation's capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations.

Ban warns illicit drugs impede sustainable development, calls for every solution to be weighed

10 February 2016 – Illicit drugs promote violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people's health, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on the global community to weigh every option available to confront the issue.

UN agriculture agency warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

10 February 2016 – The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN agency provides food to Syrians fleeing Aleppo fighting

09 February 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Syria’s northern Aleppo.

Zika: UN agriculture agency provides expertise to help curb spread of virus

09 February 2016 – Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread.