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Despite positive trends, poaching of African elephants still 'unacceptably high' – UN-backed treaty

28 July 2016 – Many African elephants continued to face serious threats to their survival in 2015 from the illegal trade in ivory and unacceptably high levels of poaching, although the sharp upward trends in poaching since 2006 have started to level off, according to the Secretariat of the United Nations-backed treaty regulating wildlife trade.


UN agency appeals for added funds for return of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp

26 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed to donors for an additional $115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp.


UN body agrees framework to make globalization and trade work for billions across global south

22 July 2016 – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today wrapped up its fourteenth quadrennial conference, with delegations in Nairobi, Kenya reaching agreement on a framework that will guide the body's work over the next four years, largely focused on ensuring broad achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Agenda.


Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union; reiterates concern at South Sudan crisis

21 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July 2016 – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.


Thousands flee to Uganda to escape renewed violence in South Sudan – UN refugee agency

19 July 2016 – More than 5,000 people – primarily women and children under the age of 18 years – have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

18 July 2016 – An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.


In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

17 July 2016 – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.


In Rwanda, Ban calls for concerted regional and international action in South Sudan

16 July 2016 – On the margins of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed a regional body and met with several regional leaders, stressing the need for concerted action to revive the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.


In Rwanda, Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan

15 July 2016 – Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan.