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Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled

05 May 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention today to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.


UNICEF and EU begin airlift of 80 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit Nepal

05 May 2015 – Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted in to the capital, Kathmandu, as the United Nations children’s agency works with the European Union (EU) to provide much needed relief from the effects of the disaster.


UN deputy chief calls for ‘meaningful decision’ on strengthened international arrangement on forests

04 May 2015 – Opening the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today called on delegates to work on agreeing a strengthened International Arrangement on Forests, which balanced ambition and practicality.


UN chief appoints new Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East peace

04 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Robert Piper of Australia as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.


UN environment chief warns of ‘tsunami’ of e-waste at conference on chemical treaties

04 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations body tasked with setting the global environmental agenda today stressed the need to limit the use of dangerous chemicals and to find a solution to the masses of electronic waste building up around the world, as a Conference of Parties to three major Conventions on the subject began in Geneva today.


Yemen: UN relief official urges ‘safe and reliable’ access to Sana’a airport to deliver critical aid

04 May 2015 – The aid operation in Yemen cannot meet the life-saving needs of people unless humanitarians are assured safe and reliable access to the capital’s international airport, the United Nations relief coordinator for the country said today, calling it an “essential lifeline.”


UN launches #SaveKidsLives campaign to boost road safety for children

04 May 2015 – Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations warned today as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children.


Top UN officials cite strengthening cooperation with regional partners as vital priority

04 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban K-moon and the General Assembly President Sam Kutesa today drew attention to the importance of the Organization’s cooperation with regional partners to shape a “bold new vision” for a post-2015 development agenda, as well as to tackle the world’s myriad pressing challenges.


UN lauds South Sudan as country ratifies landmark child rights treaty

04 May 2015 – The United Nations has hailed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the African nation takes a critical step towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children.


INTERVIEW: UN adviser stresses 2015 critical to setting world on safer, more prosperous path

04 May 2015 – To say that 2015 is a big year for sustainable development may be an understatement given that, over the course of six months beginning in July, countries have the opportunity to take decisions that will determine the global course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity, protect the environment and address climate change.