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8 stories found over the past 45 days
Kenya stages largest-ever ivory destruction as UN reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ on poaching

02 May 2016 – As African leaders soundly rejected “those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money,” senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned to protest poaching, which is pushing several iconic species to the brink of extinction.


BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

26 April 2016 – A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.


South Sudan: UN refugee agency warns of worsening civilian situation

19 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed extreme concern over a combination of new fighting in previously peaceful areas, food insecurity and severe humanitarian funding shortages, which continue to cause a worsening of the situation in South Sudan for many civilians.


UN report urges rights-based approach to reduce HIV infections among drug users

15 April 2016 – Ahead of next week’s General Assembly special session on drugs, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response has released a new report, which warns that many countries are failing to reduce new HIV infections due to the absence of health- and rights-based approaches, particularly as regards drug use.


UN agency boosts efforts to detect and prevent spread of damaging wheat rusts

15 April 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said today it is expanding a partnership to inhibit the ongoing spread of wheat rusts, a group of fungal plant diseases that block the production of the staple grain and other crops, which is raising concern in Central Asia and the Middle East.


Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africa's Great Lakes nations

31 March 2016 – The Security Council today expressed regret over the limited progress in implementing national and regional commitments under the peace, security and cooperation framework for Africa's Great Lakes region, stressing that signatory States must carry out those obligations in order to achieve lasting peace.


At Security Council, UN Women chief urges greater input, visibility of women in peacebuilding

28 March 2016 – Emphasizing the consistent, dependable and universal commitment of women to conflict prevention, the head of UN Women today called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peacebuilding resources to gender equality and women's empowerment.


Ban spotlights need for human, economic development in Africa's Great Lakes region

21 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of human and economic development in addressing peace and security challenges in Africa's Great Lakes region, calling for the use of natural resources there as a powerful driver of growth.