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Volunteers are ‘instrumental to the future of people and the planet’ – Ban says on International Day

05 December 2016 – Marking International Volunteer Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the volunteers for providing shelter and support for refugees as well as those who were integral in emergency response situations in Haiti, Sri Lanka, Mali, and Colombia, saying that throughout the world, UN Volunteers (UNV) are among those who work to achieve peace.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham uses tattoos to show ‘brutal reality’ of child violence

05 December 2016 – Drawing attention to the physical and psychological abuse that leave an inedible mark on children’s lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a powerful new video illustrating the “all too common” forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham.


UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more pro-active approach on refugees

05 December 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.


Global humanitarian appeal for 2017 requires record $22.2 billion in funding – UN

05 December 2016 – The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today as it launched a relief aid appeal.


'We urgently need healthy soils to ensure essential services they provide,' Ban says on World Soil Day

05 December 2016 – Marking World Soil Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of healthy soils, adding that “sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate.”


UN conference adopts 'Cancun Declaration,' ramping up efforts to protect world's biodiversity

04 December 2016 – More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.


Governments, businesses must integrate biodiversity into their practices to halt degradation, UN conference hears

02 December 2016 – The UN Biodiversity Conference today opened in Cancun, Mexico, with a call to governments and businesses to integrate biodiversity into their practices if countries are to halt further environmental degradation and ensure the well-being and prosperity of future generations.


Liberia ‘stable’ but needs continued attention, Security Council told

02 December 2016 – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Liberia, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today underlined that the country remained stable and that since the security transition in June this year, there had been no incident serious enough to warrant an armed response from the UN mission in the country, known as UNMIL.


UN refugee agency boosts winter assistance for displaced Iraqis in conflict-affected villages

02 December 2016 – As the security situation has stabilized in villages near war-torn Mosul, where Iraqi military operations are under way to wrest the city from terrorists, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are racing against time to distributing winter kits to those who remained or returned home and those newly-displaced as plunging temperatures hit the area.


FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

02 December 2016 – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.