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Denouncing terrorist attacks in West Africa, Security Council stresses need to address root causes

20 January 2017 – Strongly condemning all terrorist attacks in West Africa, particularly those carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad Basin, the United Nations Security Council today stressed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and to address the conditions conducive to its spread.


Backlogs and brutal weather put refugee and migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF

20 January 2017 – As the extreme cold weather and storms continue to sweep Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.


UN agriculture chief calls for stronger water management, improved access for small farmers

20 January 2017 – The head of the United Nations agricultural agency today urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers.


UN confirms destruction of sites in Palmyra, other ancient Syrian cities

20 January 2017 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed the destruction of Palmyra’s famed tetrapylon and the facade of the ancient Syrian city’s Roman theatre, following the agency’s evaluation of the destruction of cultural heritage sites in iconic Aleppo.


UN-backed disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America

20 January 2017 – The United Nations and the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have together crafted a blueprint for making the agriculture, food and nutritional security sectors more disaster-proof so the region can tackle hunger in a sustainable manner.


Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

20 January 2017 – At least 45,000 people – mostly women and children – have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia after former President Yahya Jammeh's decided to not step down, United Nations agencies today said warning that more people may leave if the political situation is not resolved peacefully.


UN agency revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's worst displacement crisis

20 January 2017 – With conflict in South Sudan now entering its fourth year and its people facing dire humanitarian challenges, the United Nations refugee agency has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year.


UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most unilateral sanctions on Sudan

19 January 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.


At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

19 January 2017 – Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty.


Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

19 January 2017 – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report.