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130 stories found over the past 45 days
Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency

19 April 2017 – The United Nations today cited “record-breaking” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization’s health agency.


Diseases and sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN

18 April 2017 – Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area.


Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Lascahobas as part of anti-cholera fight

17 April 2017 – Historically, the people in the Madan Mak and Loncy areas of the Lascahobas Commune have always had serious problems with access to safe drinking water.


UN cultural agency promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage

17 April 2017 – Young people from around the world today joined United Nations staff and international dignitaries in Changsha, China, to show support for protecting and preserving the cultural heritage along the Silk Route.


New UN guidelines to make international trade in plants and seeds safer

17 April 2017 – A United Nations commission overseeing plant health has adopted a new global standard to ensure that international trade in plants and seeds – vital to feed the world's population – is free from agricultural pests and disease-causing bugs.


Scale of civilians fleeing Iraq's Mosul 'staggering' – senior UN relief official

17 April 2017 – Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.


Top UN officials express 'horror' at attack on evacuees in Syria; underline that civilians must be protected

16 April 2017 – Senior United Nations officials, including the Organization's top humanitarian official as well as the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have expressed “horror” at yesterday's attack on people evacuating from the besieged Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya and underlined that civilians must be protected from any harm.


Famine looms for millions; UN Member States urged to 'dig deep into reserves of common humanity'

13 April 2017 – Senior United Nations officials today refocused the spotlight on Secretary-General António Guterres’ mid-February 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine.


State of emergency should not overshadow rights protection, UN experts stress ahead of Turkey referendum

13 April 2017 – Ahead of this Sunday’s plebiscite on proposed constitutional amendments in Turkey that would, among other things, empower the President alone to declare states of emergency and determine the measures to be taken, a group of United Nations human rights experts have reiterated that even under such circumstances, protection of human rights must not be compromised.


Rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities must be priority in new global action plan – UN experts

12 April 2017 – Accessible social and health services, with dedicated human and financial resources must be addressed and made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, a group of United Nations human rights experts have urged, as UN-led intergovernmental talks on the issue are set to launch consultation in 2018.