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Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official

04 March 2015 – Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, households and individuals, according to a new United Nations report out today.


Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity

04 March 2015 – The overall situation in Libya is “deteriorating rapidly” amid a growing terrorist threat and continuing violence, the United Nations envoy to the country warned the Security Council today, as he urged national stakeholders to move firmly in defining the country’s future.


‘No evidence death penalty deters any crime,’ senior UN official tells Rights Council

04 March 2015 – Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said today at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the drug business.


‘Sustainability starts in Sendai,’ says Ban as new UN report urges funding boost for risk reduction

04 March 2015 – A new United Nations report urging greater investment in risk prevention has underscored disaster risk reduction as a building block for future sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as the Organization prepares for a pivotal upcoming global conference on the issue.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Colombian journalist

03 March 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the killing of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar in the “strongest possible terms” and urged local authorities to do their “utmost” to bring the perpetrators to justice.


Over 5 billion people worldwide lacking access to essential medicines, says UN Report

03 March 2015 – Three quarters of the world population has no access to proper pain relief treatment, according to a report by the United Nations body charged with overseeing Governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties, which was released in London today.


Amid ‘diminishing window of opportunity,’ Libyan peace talks set to resume

03 March 2015 – A new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving Libya’s political crisis will kick-off later this week as stakeholders from the North African country prepare to gather in Morocco, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.


UN agency supports Government project bringing rights, services to South Sudanese people living in Sudan

03 March 2015 – Under a United Nations-backed initiative, South Sudanese people living in Sudan are being registered by the Government of Sudan and issued identity cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services.


Nigerian refugee crisis continues as Boko Haram fighting spills across region

03 March 2015 – The exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern regions continues amid an influx of sixteen thousand refugees into neighbouring Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.


On Ear Care Day, UN health agency spotlights risks of noise-induced hearing loss

03 March 2015 – More than 1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to devote today's International Ear Care Day to “Making Listening Safe.”