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World's jobless to rise amid economic uncertainty, growing inequality – UN labour report

12 January 2017 – The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report today, which finds economic growth trends lagging behind employment needs and predicts both rising unemployment and worsening social inequality throughout 2017.


UN-backed campaign to help vaccinate millions of children against measles in north-east Nigeria

12 January 2017 – A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign is set to start tomorrow to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria.


'Cyprus can be symbol of hope' the world badly needs, says UN chief Guterres as conference opens

12 January 2017 – A United Nations-supported conference on Cyprus opened in Geneva today, bringing together the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders in a dialogue chaired by Secretary-General António Guterres.


Humanitarian crisis in Mosul could outlive Iraqi military operations, senior UN official warns

11 January 2017 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, reported today on the conditions in Mosul, a city witnessing one of the largest urban military operations since the Second World War, warning that a proper humanitarian response, conditions that created the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) could remain.


World Bank sees ‘moderate’ pick up for global economy in 2017 despite weak investment

11 January 2017 – Global economic growth is forecast to accelerate moderately to 2.7 per cent in 2017 after a post-crisis low last year, the World Bank said in a report released today.


Cyprus talks ‘on track’ ahead of international conference – UN envoy

11 January 2017 – As the United Nations-facilitated talks on Cyprus went into their third day in Geneva ahead of an international conference tomorrow, the UN adviser on the issue has said the discussions are “on track” and while there is still much hard work to do, an “historic” outcome could be reached as part of ongoing reunification efforts.


Pakistan: UN expert calls for return of four disappeared human rights and social media activists

11 January 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a top priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.


Migrants battling exposure as freezing temperatures grip Europe, warns UN agency

11 January 2017 – Sounding the alarm over the situation of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring extreme cold conditions across Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency has appealed for immediate action to save them from freezing to death.


INTERVIEW: Robert Serry on the ‘Endless Quest’ for Middle East peace, reflections from no man’s land

10 January 2017 – The United Nation’s former point person for Middle East negotiations has said that Israelis and Palestinians need at least the prospects of a two-state solution, and urged the international community to create conditions for more effective discussions in the future.


Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns

10 January 2017 – More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the United Nations refugee agency.