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At regional UN meeting, south-east Asian countries agree to establish dedicated health emergency preparedness fund

09 September 2016 – Countries in the south-east Asian sub-region have agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream to build preparedness for health emergencies in the region, which is also one of the most disaster-prone in the world, the United Nations health agency has said.


New UN-supported water supply system inaugurated in Haiti’s Saut d’eau region

08 September 2016 – As part of its quick impact projects, the United Nations mission Haiti has inaugurated a new water supply system which is expected to provide for more than 13,800 people – more than half of whom are women – in parts of the country’s Central Department (Département du Centre), the mission said today.


London conference on UN peacekeeping sharpens focus on planning, pledges and performance

08 September 2016 – Countries contributing to United Nations peacekeeping missions today adopted a communique that focuses ways to improve the planning of operations, implement the pledges of support made by countries, and enhance the performance of troops on the ground.


Improved cereal production expected but staple food prices also rise – UN agricultural agency

08 September 2016 – Despite a fall in global grain prices and the expectation of improved cereal production, global staple food prices have risen in August, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today.


As migration continues to accelerate in south-east Asia, UN health agency calls for a focus on migrants’ health

08 September 2016 – Noting greater vulnerability of the health of migrant populations, including heightened risks of infectious diseases, malnutrition, substance abuse and maternal and neonatal mortality, the United Nations health agency has urged a regional meeting of health officials in south-east Asia for an increased focus on their health needs.


UN food relief agency and partner to roll out €348 million EU cash aid to refugees in Turkey

08 September 2016 – Following the European Union’s (EU)announcement today of a cash-transfer programme for the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has said the agency and the Turkish Red Crescent will use their combined expertise to deliver the cash directly to those who need it most.


Colombia: UN official welcomes start of reintegration of children from FARC-EP on Saturday

08 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) that they will begin the separation and reintegration of all children under the age of 18 associated with the FARC-EP on Saturday.


At East Asia Summit, Ban expresses concern over tensions on Korean Peninsula and in South China Sea

08 September 2016 – Wrapping up an 11-day trip to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the region’s economic growth and progress on development, but expressed concerns about some challenges facing the countries there, including the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.


INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

08 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.


UN Secretary-General pays tribute to veteran official and gender pioneer Margaret Anstee

08 September 2016 – The United Nations chief today paid tribute to Margaret Anstee, a long-serving official who was the first woman to be appointed to the highest ranks of the world body, and who passed away recently.