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Retail company provides $10 million in funds for refugees through UN agency partnership

25 November 2015 – Tokyo-based Fast Retailing Company Limited, which owns the UNIQLO clothing chain has partnered with the United Nation refugee agency to announce a new agreement to support refugees worldwide, including provision of $10 million in funds and distribution of winter wear for new arrivals in Europe and expanding its internship programme in Japan and abroad.

UN agencies release updated guidelines for countries on pesticide legislation and labelling

25 November 2015 – Some 30 years to the day after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to date.

On International Day, UN urges concerted action to create a world where women and girls live free from violence

25 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, as well as the domestic abuse found globally, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by urging collective action to end such crimes and “grave threats to progress.”

Mali: UN civilian staffer killed in attack, Ban reaffirms commitment to peace efforts

24 November 2015 – A civilian staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali was killed today in an explosive device attack on a convoy, but the world Organization will not be deterred from its efforts to bring peace to the West African, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

World Bank unveils $16 billion business plan to boost climate resilience, adaptation in Africa

24 November 2015 – Noting the significant impact climatic activities have on African people and countries, the World Bank Group announced today a new plan outlining actions required to increase climate resilience and low-carbon development in an effort to maintain the continent’s current and protect future growth and poverty reduction goals.

Central Yemeni city of Taiz under virtual siege, 200,000 need water, food – UN relief chief

24 November 2015 – The situation in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has worsened amid intensified fighting since September, with 200,000 civilians living under virtual siege, in dire need drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving aid, the top United Nations relief official said today.

‘Orange the World’ campaign kicks off efforts to end violence against women and girls – UN

24 November 2015 – From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide.

New European border restrictions on refugees, migrants violate human rights, Ban warns

24 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest.

UNAIDS: millions receiving HIV treatment globally through accelerated and focused response

24 November 2015 – Citing “extraordinary” progress in HIV prevention and response in the last 15 years, a new United Nations report found that many countries are adopting the Fast-Track Strategy developed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which allows more people to receive timely treatment for HIV, in an effort to end AIDS by 2030, as part of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

UN: more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid

24 November 2015 – Some 21.2 million people in Yemen – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of assistance to meet their basic needs, according to a recently-published overview of the country’s humanitarian needs for the next year carried out by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).