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14 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: UN envoy spotlights improvements in water and sanitation as critical to tackling cholera in Haiti

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.


In Paris, Ban calls for ‘courage and legitimacy’ to achieve peace in Middle East

03 June 2016 – Terror, violence and the incitement that fuel them, along with the ongoing settlement enterprise and the lack of unity between Gaza and the West Bank are all obstacles that must be overcome on the path towards achieving peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to exercise its influence to help reach this goal.


UN envoy welcomes Israeli officials’ comments on Arab Peace Initiative

31 May 2016 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process today welcomed statements by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on the Arab Peace Initiative.


In Egypt, Assembly President points way towards more relevant, responsive and inclusive UN

28 May 2016 – With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable.


Security Council approves two-month extension for African Union Mission in Somalia

27 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today approved a two-month extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), allowing adequate time for the 15-member body to consider the outcome of its recently-concluded visit to the Horn of Africa country.


'The will to advance towards peace clearly exists' in the Middle East – UN envoy

25 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that, as circumstances on the ground continue to deteriorate, lamenting the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution has become a “default narrative” for many.


At Crime Commission, UN official urges stepped-up responses to curb human trafficking

25 May 2016 – Despite all of the positive effects of migration, the unprecedented flow of people is generating new criminal opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at a high-level event on the recently launched UN-European Union initiative aimed at curbing human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


African Union ‘most important partner,’ UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

24 May 2016 – The Security Council today stressed the importance of strengthening the existing cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU), a regional organization described by a senior UN official as “the most important peacekeeping partner.”


Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others – UN report

20 May 2016 – Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.