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UN champions children as ‘fundamental building blocks,’ marking 25th anniversary of historic treaty

20 November 2014 – As countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations family today hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future.


UN agency chief reports on Iran, DPR Korea nuclear files, measures to curb climate change

20 November 2014 – The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact global energy demand is having on our planet’s volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today as he launched his agency’s latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programmes of Iran and the Democratic republic of Korea (DPRK).


Pope Francis urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge at UN conference in Rome

20 November 2014 – Pope Francis today urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before.


Ban welcomes $9 billion in pledges to Green Climate Fund at Berlin Conference

20 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the pledges of more than $9.3 billion made by Governments towards the initial capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the first pledging conference for the mechanism, being held in Berlin, Germany.


In latest report, UN rights office says nearly 1,000 dead amid shaky Ukraine ceasefire

20 November 2014 – Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a tenuous ceasefire was established there in early September amid efforts to end the violence between armed rebel groups and the Government, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said today as it released its latest report on the situation in the country.


Clean industrialization critical for Africa to 'leapfrog' outdated technologies – Ban

20 November 2014 – Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day.


On World Philosophy Day, UN lauds role of dialogue, diversity in multicultural world

20 November 2014 – The head the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today marked the twelfth edition of World Philosophy Day with a widespread appeal for dialogue in diversity, adding that only by embracing the intellectual pluralism of our global society can the foundations of a truly global community be laid.


Leveraging innovation key to advancing progress on child rights – UNICEF

20 November 2014 – Despite progress in advancing child rights over the past 25 years, including a marked reduction in the number of children dying before the age of five and increased access to education and clean water, urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report.


UN spotlights children’s rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary of landmark treaty

19 November 2014 – As the global human rights community readies to celebrate tomorrow the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged monitoring with its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate – and not just be heard – in discussions that affect their lives and communities.


Ebola cases no longer rising in Guinea, Liberia, UN health agency reports

19 November 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the number of Ebola cases is “no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone”, and that preparedness teams have been sent this week to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal.