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Earth’s health declining ‘faster than thought’ but action by governments can reverse trend – UN

19 May 2016 – The environment is deteriorating faster than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the worst trends, says the most authoritative study the United Nations has ever published on the state of the planet’s health.


Global life expectancy up five years since 2000, but gains uneven – UN health agency

19 May 2016 – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major health inequalities persist within and among countries, a new report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.


FEATURE: UN uses virtual reality to inspire humanitarian empathy

19 May 2016 – It is one thing to say that you understand someone's pain and worries, but quite another to experience them. From living in a refugee tent to facing the Ebola epidemic, the United Nations is using virtual reality to create awareness of humanitarian crises around the world in hopes of changing how a person acts towards others.


Peacekeeping ‘flagship of the UN enterprise,’ Ban says ahead of Day honouring 'blue helmets'

19 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led an inaugural ceremony to award the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” as New York Headquarters observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.


UN human rights chief welcomes Pfizer's decision to bar use of its drugs in executions

19 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today warmly welcomed the initiatives announced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to ensure that the drugs it produces will not be used by States to carry out executions by lethal injection.


UN deputy chief calls for greater integration efforts to meet challenges of refugees in urban areas

18 May 2016 – More than half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, and often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, stressing the importance of integration efforts that enable refugees to benefit from the opportunities cities offer so that they can ultimately have a dignified life.


Decent jobs deficit, economic woes threaten to undo poverty reduction gains – UN report

18 May 2016 – The global deficit in quality jobs and deteriorating economic conditions in a number of regions threatens to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, warns a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).


UN human rights experts urge Singapore not to execute Malaysian national

18 May 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts on summary executions and on torture today urged the Government of Singapore not to carry out the execution of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national who was sentenced to death in 2010 after being found guilty of unintentional murder.


‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities

18 May 2016 – While cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges, according to a new United Nations report.


In Niger, UN relief chief urges focus on civilians impacted by Boko Haram violence

18 May 2016 – Wrapping up a two-day mission to Niger, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called for greater attention to the crisis unfolding in the country's Diffa region, where violence at the hands of Boko Haram has forced more than 240,000 people out of their homes on both sides of the border with Nigeria.