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322 stories found over the past 45 days
At climate summit in Washington, UN officials call to take action ‘to the next level’

05 May 2016 – Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.

Palm oil pushes global food prices up in April; cereal production outlook improves – UN

05 May 2016 – Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking a third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Humanitarian operations to support Palestinian refugees continue near Syrian capital – UN agency

05 May 2016 – Following intense fighting between armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that it has been able to continue its humanitarian operations in Yalda, near Damascus, since Monday.

On International Day, UN spotlights role of midwives in achieving development targets

05 May 2016 – Every year, some 300,000 women still die during pregnancy and childbirth and almost three million babies do not survive their first four weeks of life, yet a majority of these deaths could be averted by trained midwives, the United Nations said today as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for strengthened skills and investments in midwifery.

UN’s financial situation ‘sound and positive,’ top management official reports, noting concern over reserves

04 May 2016 – The top United Nations management official reported today that the Organization’s financial situation is “sound and positive,” noting, however, that there is “some worry” regarding the areas of regular budget and reserves.

No corner of Aleppo is being spared, Security Council told, as UN officials urge end to ‘carnage’ in Syria

04 May 2016 – The cessation of hostilities in Syria Must be put back on track, the United Nations political chief today told the Security Council, as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said “there can be no explanation or excuse” for waging war on civilians, in Aleppo or anywhere else in the crisis-riven country.

UNICEF calls for better protection of children under revised EU asylum rules

04 May 2016 – As the European Union (EU) prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.

UN officials urge innovation at session on integrating sustainability agenda

04 May 2016 – Integration across sectors and disciplines, and between actors and institutions, is essential to drive forward and successfully implement the United Nations development agenda, the Vice-President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) emphasized at the conclusion of a three-day segment on promoting integration of the three pillars of sustainable development.

South Sudan: Security Council calls on transitional government to implement peace accord

04 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today called on the newly formed transitional unity Government of South Sudan to end the cycles of violence and suffering and fully implement the peace agreement signed by warring parties in August 2015.

At regional session, UN agricultural agency urges sustainable development for better nutrition

04 May 2016 – While many countries in Europe and Central Asia have made progress in reducing the prevalence of hunger, other forms of malnutrition still exist in the region and can only be combatted by prioritizing food security, agriculture and rural development, the head of the United Nation’s agricultural agency said today.