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'Small islands have big ideas,' Ban tells Seychelles, citing leadership on environment, climate action

07 May 2016 – The problems facing our planet – climate change, poverty and insecurity – will only be solved through a global, multilateral response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he began an official visit to the Seychelles, a small island nation with “big ideas,” having shown leadership on climate action, environmental protection and the fight against maritime crime.


FEATURE: Central African Republic’s Parliament seated after UN support for polls

06 May 2016 – The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR) met this week with the new National Assembly, which took office after a series of successful elections supported by UN peacekeepers in the country.


Interview with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

06 May 2016 – Karen AbuZayd wants you to think of refugees and migrants in a positive way. The United Nations Special Adviser has been working behind the scenes since January to raise support for global compacts to support large movements of refugees and migrants. These will be up for discussion on 19 September 2016, when the UN will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing Member States together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.


New UN report shows that urgent action is needed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

06 May 2016 – A new report released by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that the AIDS epidemic could be prolonged indefinitely if urgent action is not implemented within the next five years.


‘El Niño is not a one-off event,’ UN says, calling for action to address phenomenon’s impacts

06 May 2016 – The international community must boost efforts to build the capacity for disaster risk management and readiness to prevent El Niño weather extremes from causing humanitarian crises in affected countries and impeding their development, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today.


UN Advocate Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan calls for more coordination in aid community

06 May 2016 – People who are starving are not thinking about other anti-poverty goals, Princess Haya Al Hussein said at the United Nations, calling for cooperation and coordination among the humanitarian community to meet the world’s basic needs, starting with zero hunger.


Youth employment an ‘absolute priority’ in Latin America – UN labour chief

06 May 2016 – “Innovative solutions” with a concrete action plan are crucial to tackle youth employment challenge in Latin America, the Director-General of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) told representatives at the 9th Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Labour, recently held in Colombia.


Political impasse adds ‘new layer of complications’ to Iraq’s complex challenges – UN envoy

06 May 2016 – A profound political crisis has engulfed Iraq, adding “a new layer of complications to the already complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges,” the United Nations envoy for the country warned today, urging the Government, constitutional and political leaders, and civil society to work together to break the impasse and advance reforms.


UN launches multi-partner trust fund for Zika virus response

06 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.


Despite small upturns, UN experts note deteriorating human rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories

06 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, during which representations were made by civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials on a wide range of issues affecting the Palestinian and Syrian people in territories occupied by Israel.