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Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Security Council holds first round of secret poll on candidates

21 July 2016 – Following its first-ever private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council today conducted the first round of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post.


‘World has ignored hepatitis at its peril,’ warns UN health agency ahead of World Day

20 July 2016 – With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B and C, the United Nations health agency today encouraged countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need.


At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’

12 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope for a lasting political solution.


INTERVIEW: Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti – UN official

08 July 2016 – A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said today, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.


UN and partners warn of growing poverty for Syrian refugees

05 July 2016 – While significant progress has been made in providing assistance, the number of Syrian refugees living in poverty continues to rise in host countries in the region and access to basic services remains a critical challenge, a new United Nations report warned today.


Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

28 June 2016 – The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly today elected Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body’s Security Council for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017.


FEATURE: Ahead of Security Council elections, General Assembly President explains how a country can get a non-permanent seat

27 June 2016 – At the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow morning – and for the first time in June, as part of revitalization efforts in the Assembly – elections will be held to fill five non-permanent seats on the Security Council.


INTERVIEW: Tackling cholera in Haiti through improvements in water and sanitation

13 June 2016 – Incidence of cholera has gone down by 90 per cent in Haiti from 2011 to last year, and the United Nations will continue to help the country tackle the root causes of the disease, such as lack of clean water and sanitation services, the deputy head of the UN mission there has said.


Syria: UN agencies reach families with food in the besieged town of Darayya

10 June 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.