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'Prevent hepatitis; Act now,' declares UN on World Day targeting hepatitis B and C

28 July 2015 – Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease.


UN health agency to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections

23 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global ?injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries together with the foundation arm of IKEA to combat the “silent epidemic” that kills more than 1.4 million each year.


Decisive action by Israel and Palestinians can dispel view that peace process ‘on life support’ – UN envoy

23 July 2015 – Welcoming the recent stated commitment by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a peaceful solution to the region’s most enduring crisis, the United Nations special envoy on the Middle East told the Security Council today that such words need to be translated into “concrete and sustained actions on the ground.”


UN rights experts hail Zambia’s move away from death penalty, flag ‘areas of concern’ elsewhere in Africa

22 July 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns, and on torture, Juan E. Méndez, welcomed Zambian President Edgar Lungui’s decision to commute death sentences of 332 people to life imprisonment, and encouraged the authorities “to take a step further by removing all reference to the death penalty in the country’s laws.”


UN agency calls for $20 million to halt spread of ‘highly virulent’ avian flu in West Africa

20 July 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that without timely intervention “to stop it in its tracks,” outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1, which has already spread to five West African countries in six months, will spread across the region and beyond.


UN chief condemns latest Egypt terrorist attack

01 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's deadly attack in North Sinai.


Funding shortfall forces UN agency to make cuts in food aid to Syrian refugees

01 July 2015 – A severe lack of funding is forcing the United Nations to implement deeper cuts in food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan, the Organization has confirmed.


UN Libya envoy meets with armed groups in support of political agreement

23 June 2015 – As part of an overall United Nations-supported effort on the security track of Libya’s national dialogue, the UN envoy for country has met in Misrata with representatives of armed groups, stressing the importance of local ceasefires and reconciliation agreements are welcome developments.


Welcoming progress on human rights, UN official urges action to bolster protections and end abuses

15 June 2015 – While 70 years of work by the United Nations has helped build a formidable system of rights protections, the nagging persistence of “everything else” – wars and ongoing deprivation – is deeply worrying, the top UN human rights official declared today, urging renewed action to promote economic and social rights for all and tackle pervasive discrimination and repression.