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UN projects world population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, driven by growth in developing countries

29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today.


New UN-backed plan sets disaster resilience standards for hotels in Asia and Pacific

29 July 2015 – A United Nations-backed plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80 per cent of the world's disaster events, has been announced today.


Violent attacks reported against civilians fleeing ISIL-controlled areas of Iraq – UN human rights office

28 July 2015 – An increasing number of people in Iraq, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL) by risking their lives on a treacherous mountain journey to safety, the United Nations human rights office reported today.


Durable ceasefire needed as ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ leaves millions suffering in Yemen – UN relief chief

28 July 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today, pressing the international community to redouble its efforts to secure a pause in the fighting respected by all parties, thus providing space for relief workers to reach desperate civilians and for the warring sides to agree a durable ceasefire and, ultimately, a political solution.


At 70, UN remains 'real' to the lives of people worldwide, UN information chief says in Washington, D.C.

28 July 2015 – From the lofty aims set out by of its founding Charter 70 years ago, to the life-saving work it undertakes today in peace and security, development and human rights, “the UN is real and critical to the day-to-day lives of so many people around the world,” the Organization's top public information official said today in Washington, D.C.


'Prevent hepatitis; Act now,' declares UN on World Day targeting hepatitis B and C

28 July 2015 – Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease.


‘Paralyzing’ funding gap forces shutdown of 80 per cent of frontline health services in war-torn Iraq – UN

27 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq today declared as “devastating” the “inexplicable” closures of life-saving services in Iraq for people in need, citing the most recent shut-downs of basic health care will directly impact more than one million people, including some 500,000 children who now will not be immunized, spreading risk of a measles outbreak and resumption of polio.


UN mission finds overall environment in Burundi ‘not conducive’ to credible election process

27 July 2015 – While the 21 July election in Burundi that won President Pierre Nkurunziza a controversial third term was relatively peaceful and conducted adequately, the overall environment was ‘not conducive’ for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process, the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in the country (MENUB) announced today.


Top UN relief official in Yemen warns of conflict’s ‘catastrophic’ consequences; urges humanitarian access

27 July 2015 – Witnessing first-hand the “shocking” devastation in Yemen’s main port city of Aden, the top United Nations relief official in the country today declared that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are “catastrophic,” making an urgent plea for safe, unhindered access for aid workers and a major scale-up of funding.


Nepal: children still at risk three months after devastating quake, UNICEF warns

27 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal's devastating 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid, warned the United Nations's Children Fund (UNICEF).