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304 stories found over the past 45 days
Rural Latin American and Caribbean areas need targeted agricultural policies, investments – UN

30 September 2016 – Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, and governments need targeted policies and investments for agricultural development and correct historic inequality experienced by millions of people across the region, says a United Nations report released today.

UN-backed committee launches guides to assist aid workers in curbing sexual exploitation

29 September 2016 – A United Nations-backed inter-agency committee today launched two guides to assist aid workers worldwide in setting up sexual exploitation and abuse prevention and response systems in humanitarian settings.

Colombia: UN human rights chief reaffirms ongoing collaboration in wake of peace accord

29 September 2016 – Speaking to the media just days after the signing of the historic peace agreement in Colombia and ahead of the 2 October national poll in which Colombians will have their say on the accord, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated that his Office (OHCHR) will continue to follow the progress of the human rights aspects of the agreement.

UN officials optimistic of Paris climate accord’s entry into force by year’s end

29 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today announced that the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is closer to entering into force, as India – a country that produces more than four per cent of global emissions – plans to submit its ratification at the end of the week.

Treaties against human trafficking key to fighting scourge, supporting victims – UN anti-crime official

29 September 2016 – With current armed conflicts and humanitarian crises driving massive population movements – and not just in Europe, though the continent has been heavily challenged – an upcoming United Nations report will confirm the troubling fact that human trafficking generally follows the overall migratory flows, a senior UN anti-crime official said today, urging States to back the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and other international tools to address the evolving and complex situation.

Amid political jockeying and grandstanding, ‘Syria is bleeding,’ UN aid chief tells Security Council

29 September 2016 – In an impassioned appeal to the Security Council, the top United Nations relief official today called on the global body’s primary organ for maintenance of peace and security to act immediately to end the bloodshed in Syria so that humanitarian assistance is able to reach those who desperately need it.

Modernizing sub-Saharan Africa’s farming systems can boost livelihoods, help feed the world – UN

29 September 2016 – With Africa set to play an ever-growing role in feeding the world’s bourgeoning population, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today stressed that the sub-Saharan region needs modern, efficient – and above all mechanized and environmentally sound – farming system to meet global demand and transform the lives and economies of millions of rural families.

UNICEF more than doubles funding appeal for children in north-east Nigeria

29 September 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from $55 million to $115 million in order to be able to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the north-east of the country.

On World Day, UN spotlights role of maritime transport as backbone of global economy

29 September 2016 – The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world and to meeting the challenges of the sustainable development agenda, top UN officials declared today, as the international community marked World Maritime Day.

A settlement to Cypriot dispute ‘closer than ever before, but there’s still a way to go’ – UN Special Adviser

28 September 2016 – On 22 August 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had appointed Mr. Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus, replacing Mr. Alexander Downer of Australia, who had stepped down four months earlier, in April.