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Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world's development challenges

17 May 2017 – From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations today to discuss how to emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Amid 'alarming rise' in obesity, UN study finds one in three European adolescents overweight

17 May 2017 – Citing eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the United Nations health agency launched a new publication today at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe.


Anaemic economic growth in some regions hampers progress on Global Goals, UN report finds

16 May 2017 – Over the last six months, global economic progress has predictably picked up, but low-level growth in some regions has tempered efforts to meet globally agreed development goals, according to a new United Nations report launched today in New York.


In first official visit to Mali, new peacekeeping chief praises Government’s support for UN mission

16 May 2017 – During his first working visit to Mali, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix met today in the capital, Bamako, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other senior Malian officials, whom he thanked for their constructive and sustained cooperation with the UN integrated mission in the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA.


One in four children in North Africa, Middle East live in poverty – UNICEF study

16 May 2017 – Poverty continues to impact the lives of Middle Eastern and Northern African children, according to new analysis from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which highlights that millions of the region’s young people live without quality health care or decent housing.


Soaring temperatures pose new threat to Mosul’s displaced – UN migration agency

16 May 2017 – The United Nations migration agency today warned that while hundreds of thousands of people displaced from Mosul have braved the ongoing offensive to oust the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the beleaguered citizens are now struggling to cope with another danger – the sweltering summer heat.


Amid hunger strike, UN expert urges Israel to comply with international law on detention

16 May 2017 – With some 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails on hunger strike for a second month, an independent United Nations expert vising the region today called on Israel to comply with international law and standards for detention.


Deaths of 1.2M adolescents mostly preventable with improved health services – UN agency

16 May 2017 – The deaths of more than 1.2 million adolescents every year – about 3,000 per day – could have been prevented with good health services, education and social support, the United Nations health agency today reported.


Spreading violence in Central African Republic sets off 'loud alarm bells' – UN human rights chief

16 May 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed grave alarm over the spread of violence by armed groups against the civilian population in several parts of the Central African Republic in recent months, as well as attacks against UN peacekeepers in the country's southeast.


Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace and security – UN deputy chief

15 May 2017 – Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today.