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Libya: As situation worsens, UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi

06 October 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the plight of civilians caught in the cross-fight in a Benghazi neighbourhood, a senior United Nations official in Libya has called for a humanitarian pause to allow aid to reach those in urgent need and as well as a safe passage for those who wish to leave.

With ‘unstoppable’ momentum, Paris climate pact set for early November entry into force – UN chief

05 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is set to enter into force on 4 November, as enough countries have signed onto the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions threshold that will trigger its implementation.

UN emergency teams ‘on the ground’ in the Caribbean to help respond to Hurricane Matthew

05 October 2016 – In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean region, United Nations emergency response teams have been deployed to Haiti and Jamaica to coordinate rapid assessments and support disaster response.

UN-backed treaty concludes summit with ‘game changing’ outcomes for wildlife protection

05 October 2016 – The triennial conference of the parties to a United Nations-backed wildlife treaty concluded yesterday with actions that are expected to go a long way in ensuring protection for some of the most vulnerable plants and animals on the planet.

UN food relief agency to scale up emergency operations in southern Madagascar

05 October 2016 – Following a visit to Madagascar, the Executive Director of the United Nations’ food relief agency has announced plans to scale up humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition as a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of the island nation.

Portugal's António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General

05 October 2016 – Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation.

‘Keep Afghanistan on the path towards stability,’ Ban tells Brussels Conference

05 October 2016 – Addressing a conference aimed at charting a way forward for conflict-ravaged Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to sustain its commitment to support the country and its people, while stressing the importance of holding both donors and the Afghan Government accountable for aid effectiveness.

Investing in early childhood development helps communities thrive – UN-backed report

05 October 2016 – An estimated 43 per cent – or 249 million – of children under five in low- and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to a new United Nations-supported series from The Lancet.

UN deputy chief urges increased participation of young people in peace and security decision-making

04 October 2016 – With more young people around the world than ever before, it is necessary to include them when discussing global solutions related to peace, development and security, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today.

As Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti, UN relief agencies on standby to provide assistance

04 October 2016 – Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in Haiti, bringing strong winds and torrential rains to the tiny island, the United Nations weather agency reported today, while UN relief agencies announced that they are mobilizing to assist, if requested, countries that are in the path of the dangerous Category 4 storm that is pummelling the Caribbean region.