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UN agency reaches Donetsk after months of restricted humanitarian access

20 October 2015 – The World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that after a three-month suspension, it has restarted humanitarian activities in the non-Government-controlled area of Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine.

Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report

20 October 2015 – The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.

On World Statistics Day, UN flags importance of reliable data to achieve new development agenda

20 October 2015 – Emphasizing that “reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all partners and stakeholders to work together to achieve the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Ban praises Slovakia and Austria for 'taking care of so many refugees'

19 October 2015 – While visiting a humanitarian centre in Slovakia today where refugees have been accommodated by the Government, United Nations Secretary-General urged all leaders to show their “global solidarity and compassionate leadership.”

Central African Republic: UN police ambushed, illegally detained by armed group

19 October 2015 – Seven United Nations police were ambushed and illegally detained by armed elements Sunday evening in a province near the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui, according to reports from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission there (MINUSCA).

UN agencies expand operations in southern Africa as poor harvests deepen food insecurity

19 October 2015 – An estimated 27.4 million people in southern Africa face food insecurity in the next six months, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, announcing the expansion of their operations to respond to the challenge, caused by poor harvests across the region.

Ban inaugurates exhibition on UN's 70th anniversary, meets with students in Slovak capital

19 October 2015 – During a visit to the capital of Slovakia today, the United Nations Secretary-General inaugurated an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of Organization, featured at the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

Despite progress, road traffic crashes still take ‘unacceptable’ annual toll – UN health agency

19 October 2015 – Road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death globally and result in some 1.25 million deaths each year, taking an “unacceptable toll – particularly on poor people in poor countries,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released today.

Ending ‘cycle of needless bloodshed’ in Middle East focus of emergency Security Council session

16 October 2015 – Against a backdrop of escalating violence in the Middle East, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun briefed an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council today, reporting on the latest violent incident in which a large group of Palestinians set fire to the compound containing the holy site of Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus.

At least seven people dead after boat collision off the coast of Lesvos – UN refugee agency

16 October 2015 – Up to seven people have been killed – four of them children – in a collision between a smuggling boat and a Greek Coast Guard vessel off the coast of Lesvos, Greek authorities and the United Nations refugee agency said today.