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172 stories found over the past 45 days
New UN report focuses on green, inclusive industrialization in Africa

11 April 2016 – Welcoming the launch of the latest economic report on Africa, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that African countries should leapfrog “business as usual,” carbon-intensive methods of growth and instead pursue a pathway to green industrialization.


Data 'essential' to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told

11 April 2016 – Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body's role in advancing the new global development agenda.


UN agencies step up joint response to help drought-affected northern Somalia

11 April 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are intensifying joint efforts to assist communities in northern Somalia coping with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions.


UN food aid reaches besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor by air

10 April 2016 – In a boost to international humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


UN Development Cooperation Forum can contribute to advancing 2030 Agenda

08 April 2016 – In Brussels today, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Oh Joon, emphasized that its forum that reviews the latest international development cooperation trends has an important role to play in advancing the new global development agenda.


Video: senior UN official visits Central African Republic to focus on stronger measures against sexual abuse

08 April 2016 – The United Nations special coordinator on sexual exploitation and abuse is in Central African Republic (CAR) to discuss stronger measures to respond to the scourge.


Greece: UN agency urges full hearings for stranded refugee and migrant children

08 April 2016 – With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reminding States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.


Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


After ‘Panama Papers’ leak, UN expert calls for end of financial secrecy to halt illicit fund flows

08 April 2016 – In the wake of last week’s leak of a trove of confidential financial documents from a Panama law firm, a United Nations human rights expert called on the international community to urgently put an end to financial secrecy.


In Geneva, senior UN official urges all-inclusive approach to stop virulent spread of violent extremism

07 April 2016 – Violent extremism is an affront to the very purposes and principles of the United Nations, the Head of the world body’s Geneva headquarters said today, urging government delegations and experts gathered there to back the comprehensive approach needed to proactively address the drivers of the scourge, including through support of the Secretary-General’s action plan on the issue.