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UN-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases

24 April 2014 – Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards helping more than one billion people overcome such maladies.

UN envoy discusses Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal with Palestinian President

24 April 2014 – The reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence, a senior United Nations envoy was told today.

UN urges greater action to combat sexual violence in 21 conflict countries

24 April 2014 – Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, a senior United Nations official announced today urging greater action at the regional and national levels.

Darfur: UN official urges support for peace process amid unfolding ‘new dynamics’

24 April 2014 – Stepped-up rebel attacks, clashes fuelled by local political rivalries, and mass displacement sparked by the abuses of a pro-Government militia have again left long-troubled Darfur at a crossroads, said the United Nations peacekeeping chief today, appealing to the Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart for political support to move the warring factions towards lasting peace.

Kicking off annual global immunization campaign, UN asks: ‘Are you up to date?’

24 April 2014 – While some 80 percent of children around the world, or 110 million infants, are receiving life-saving vaccinations each year, “one in five – more than 22 million children – not being vaccinated is too much for us,” according to the World Health Organization at the start of World Immunization Week 2014.

In major breakthrough, scientists in UN-backed initiative decode tsetse fly genome

24 April 2014 – Scientists in a United Nations-backed collaborative have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly in a breakthrough that brings new hope to the fight against one of the most devastating livestock diseases spread by the insect.

UN Mission in South Sudan condemns attack on barge convoy carrying aid supplies

24 April 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has strongly condemned today’s attack on a convoy of barges delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its base in Malakal in Upper Nile state.

Syria: OPCW-UN confirms progress in removing, destroying chemical weapons

24 April 2014 – More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.

Peeling away from big corporations, smaller farmers gain greater hold in banana market

24 April 2014 – Banana markets are becoming more fragmented creating opportunities for new companies and smaller producers, the United Nations agricultural agency today reported, urging more support for smaller farmers to be fully included in their national economies and to grow resilient fruit.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

24 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.