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252 stories found over the past 45 days
UN health agency provides emergency support as floods and landslides cause havoc in DPRK

15 September 2016 – Responding to urgent humanitarian needs triggered by flash floods and landslides in the northern provinces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations health agency is providing emergency health kits and supplies that will benefit some 260,000 persons for about three months.


Democratic principles at core of UN 2030 sustainability agenda, Ban says on International Day

15 September 2016 – Emphasizing the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and people's fundamental needs, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day for Democracy by stressing that delivering solutions to today's challenges also requires an integrated and interconnected response.


Civilian casualties up 66 per cent in eastern Ukraine during summer – UN report

15 September 2016 – A new United Nations report released today shows a 66 per cent increase in the number of conflict-related civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine and describes the deterioration of the human rights situation there, as a result of escalating hostilities between the Government and non-Government forces from June to August.


New UN exhibit highlights need to fill in ‘blank spaces’ for child-related data

14 September 2016 – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in launching a ‘Time Machine’ that will use data storytelling to highlight the lack of availability of statistics on children and particularly those related to child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators.


UN expert urges Kuwait to redouble efforts to stop trafficking, exploiting domestic workers

14 September 2016 – While welcoming Kuwait’s commitment to fight trafficking in persons, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to further strengthen its assistance and support measures for trafficked and exploited domestic workers, adopt prevention measures, and fully protect their rights.


Avenues for peace in Afghanistan must be explored with ‘utmost urgency’ – UN envoy

14 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges facing Afghanistan due to decades-long violence and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country stressed today that avenues for peace there must be explored with utmost urgency and seriousness.


Refugees, climate change and Syria likely standouts amid ‘whirlwind’ of UN high-level week – Ban

14 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the global challenges pertaining to refugees and migrants, climate change, and the war in Syria are the major topics that will likely figure prominently in this year’s high-level week at the United Nations.


UN agency launches action plan to tackle threat of 'superbugs'

14 September 2016 – The United Nations agricultural agency today released a new action plan to help countries combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance in their food supply chains and to counter the growing threat of medicine-resistant 'superbugs.'


Inclusive rural transformation requires investment; it will not happen automatically – UN report

14 September 2016 – Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation and governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty – those are some of the key findings from a new report by the United Nations rural poverty agency.


Progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation and economic challenges – UN envoy to Security Council

13 September 2016 – Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned today.