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‘Inclusive, equitable and quality education’ at the heart of high-level UN event

28 June 2017 – Education leaders from around the world convened today at the United Nations to discuss ways to advance action on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”


Harness ‘immense’ potential offered by migration, UN officials urge at global forum

28 June 2017 – Speaking at a major international meeting on migration and development, senior United Nations officials have underlined the need for safe, orderly and regular migration options to ensure that people around the world are not forced to undertake arduous and dangerous pathways in their search for a better future.


‘Disproportionate emphasis’ on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel – UN deputy chief

28 June 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the need to “avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security” when carrying out a strategy to help Africa’s Sahel region achieve sustained peace and development.


International cooperation key to keeping WMDs away from terrorists, Security Council told

28 June 2017 – The United Nations disarmament chief today called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons.


Civilians must not be sacrificed for military victories – UN rights chief, as thousands trapped in Raqqa

28 June 2017 – Voicing grave concern over the fate of as many as 100,000 civilians “effectively trapped” in Syria's Raqqa governorate amid the ongoing offensive against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters, the top United Nations rights official urged all parties to the conflict to enact measures to allow civilians who wish to flee the fighting to do so in safety.


Investing in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, UNICEF study finds

28 June 2017 – Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Perpetrators of suicide attacks in Nigeria must be held accountable – UN chief

27 June 2017 – Condemning violent attacks in Maiduguri, in Nigeria's restive Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization's resolve to support the country in its fight against terrorism.


Scientific collaboration 'essential' to achieving world free from nuclear threat, UN-backed forum told

27 June 2017 – Scientific collaboration is essential to achieving a world free from the nuclear threat, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) told a United Nations-backed science and technology forum in Vienna today.


Despite progress, challenges remain for Liberia to consolidate peace gains, UN Security Council told

27 June 2017 – In spite of “remarkable” progress in Liberia since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2003, the presence of challenges that risk a reversal of the gains made warrant continued international support and attention, the United Nations envoy for the country has cautioned.


UN envoy maps out 'ideal trajectory' to next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva

27 June 2017 – The United Nations mediator for the conflict in Syria today mapped out what needs to happen in the next two weeks before the next round of intra-Syrian talks begins on 10 July in Geneva, Switzerland.