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Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

26 April 2017 – The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.


‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

26 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today warned that progress made in eliminating the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East.


Turning problems into progress: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day

26 April 2017 – On World Intellectual Property Day, the United Nations is spotlighting innovation – “future-shapers and risk-takers” – exploring how it is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress.


Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

26 April 2017 – Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Six months into battle for Mosul, water and trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

26 April 2017 – Safe drinking water is a major concern in Mosul, where a battle has been underway for the past six months to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United Nations humanitarian arm has said


DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region

26 April 2017 – The United Nations has appealed for $64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasaï region, the latest “humanitarian hotspot” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

25 April 2017 – Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world.


UN agency and Chinese bike-share firm team up to raise awareness about climate change

25 April 2017 – The United Nations development agency is teaming up with ofo, a China-based bike sharing platform, to raise public awareness about climate change, it was announced today.


South Sudan’s political process ‘not dead’ but needs ‘resuscitation’ – UN envoy

25 April 2017 – The political process in South Sudan is not dead but requires significant resuscitation, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the crisis-torn country told the Security Council today.


Nearly $1.1 billion pledged for beleaguered Yemen at UN-led humanitarian conference

25 April 2017 – With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”