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UN torture prevention body urges Kazakhstan to enhance prisoner rehabilitation

03 October 2016 – The United Nations’ torture prevention body has urged Kazakhstan to focus more on the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment, as part of efforts to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are protected against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

UN agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation

03 October 2016 – Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.

“One of the important things for the success of our effort is real commitment from the international community” – UN envoy for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto

03 October 2016 – From a decades-long conflict which has seen an ever-growing number of civilians killed to rooting out corruption among government bodies, Afghanistan has been facing a range of challenges with the international community’s assistance – and many of these topics will be discussed at a two-day gathering starting on Tuesday, 4 October, in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

On World Habitat Day, UN calls for putting adequate housing at centre of urban policy

03 October 2016 – Adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy and in the physical centre of the city, senior United Nations officials said today, marking the 2016 edition of World Habitat Day.

Syria: Time running out to protect those trapped in eastern Aleppo, UN aid chief warns

02 October 2016 – Warning of an urgent humanitarian situation in the eastern part of Syria's Aleppo city, the United Nations humanitarian chief today reiterated a call for a cessation of violence, medical evacuation of hundreds of patients in critical conditions and safe, full, regular and unimpeded humanitarian access.

Afghanistan: UN condemns killings of 19 civilians by explosive devices planted on roads

02 October 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations on civilian vehicles that killed 19 people in Helmand and Badghis provinces in recent days.

'Take a stand against ageism,' says UN on International Day of Older Persons

01 October 2016 – The United Nations is marking the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights.

Fewer than 30 doctors left in war-torn Aleppo, UN health agency warns

30 September 2016 – There are now less than 30 doctors working in Aleppo city, down from 35 several days ago, a senior official of the United Nations health agency said today, highlighting the deteriorating healthcare capacity in the war-battered area.

Colombia: UN mission begins working to verify compliance with historic peace deal

30 September 2016 – Nine representatives of the Government of Colombia, as well as nine members from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army (FARC-EP) and 18 international observers from the UN mission in the country have started working together at the joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism headquarters in Bogota.

UN health agency calls for stronger measures against Zika as Thailand confirms disease-related cases

30 September 2016 – The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.