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UN-backed report finds increase in international transfers of small arms

06 June 2016 – Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the most transparent top and major small arms exporters, a new report backed by the United Nations has found.


Americas: Regional meeting aims to aid overall UN disaster reduction efforts

06 June 2016 – With efforts under way to assist countries to take up a comprehensive strategy with achievable targets, the United Nations is seeking to drastically reduce the number of people affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.


Unity at the core of global peace and security, top EU official tells Security Council

06 June 2016 – In order to face and overcome the various political and humanitarian crises occurring around the world, working together in a spirit of cooperation and multilateralism must be a priority for both the United Nations and the European Union (EU) – and indeed, all countries worldwide – a top EU official told the Security Council today.


UN urges collective action ahead of forum to fast-track AIDS response over next five years

06 June 2016 – While much has been done over the past few years to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic, the international community is set to gather for a three-day meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York later this week in order to propel the global response on a fast-track approach and chart the way towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


At governing body, UN atomic agency chief spotlights nuclear security, efforts to combat Zika

06 June 2016 – Support for countries that are fighting the Zika virus and the verification and monitoring of activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Iran were among the key issues highlighted by Director General Yukiya Amano to the agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna today.


Attacks by Boko Haram continue in Niger’s Diffa region, forcing more people to flee – UN

06 June 2016 – People living in the region of Diffa in Niger continue to be affected by insecurity related to activities by the terrorist group Boko Haram around the Lake Chad, according to reports by the United Nations relief wing.


UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

05 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.


Ban 'deeply saddened' by passing of Muhammad Ali, 'world champion for equality and peace'

04 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Muhammad Ali, and extended his condolences to the Ali family and the many millions of fans mourning his death in every corner of the world.


UN chief condemns attacks in Yemen's Taiz, calls on parties to negotiate 'in good faith'

04 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned attacks in the Yemeni city of Taiz, which were carried out with heavy weapons, including rockets, mortars and artillery.


FEATURE: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy highlights how to keep them safe

03 June 2016 – Marta Santos Pais grew up in a happy home in Portugal. Seeing Roma girls her own age treated as outcasts and hearing stories from her father – a child welfare judge – about countless cases of her peers trapped in poverty and abandoned by their parents, troubled her, kindling a sense of duty to help others less fortunate.