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'Dangerous funding gap' may lead to more cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya – UN

07 December 2016 – Forced to make a new round of cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed urgently for nearly $14 million to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.


FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

02 December 2016 – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN chief honoured for work to end epidemic, fight against stigma

30 November 2016 – Speaking at a special event commemorating World AIDS Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with the disease and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to.


INTERVIEW: ‘Cling to every little sign of hope’ – outgoing head of UN Mission in South Sudan

29 November 2016 – On 23 July 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Ms. Løj succeeded Hilde Johnson of Norway, who had completed her assignment two weeks earlier, on 7 July 2014. 


Welcoming Kenya’s decision on Dadaab camp, UN urges flexibility on time frames for Somali refugees

16 November 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissions on Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed a statement today from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years.


UN experts back call to halt pipeline construction in North Dakota, citing rights abuses of protestors

15 November 2016 – The United States is using excessive force against protestors in North Dakota who are trying to stop an oil pipeline project that runs through land sacred to indigenous peoples, according to a United Nations human rights expert.


Tough action on pneumonia and diarrhoea can save more than one million lives annually – UNICEF

11 November 2016 – According to the latest statistics from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), pneumonia and diarrhoea kill some 1.4 million children each year, mostly in middle and low-income countries, despite the fact that these illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost-effective solutions.


MARRAKECH: Cities are striving to play key role in implementing Paris climate accord

10 November 2016 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22), put its spotlight today on cities, towns and regions around the world that are striving to play a key role in implementing the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November, including by reducing their carbon emissions.


South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief sets up task force after probe into mission’s performance

03 November 2016 – After an independent inquiry found that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) failed to protect civilians as deadly violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, the top UN peacekeeping official today announced that he has established a task force to carry out the probe’s recommendations, which include ensuring greater accountability of the mission’s leadership.


FEATURE: Feudal-era Japanese village leader stands as beacon for tsunami education

03 November 2016 – Japan’s initiative to raise the awareness of the risks posed by tsunamis will this weekend mark a milestone when World Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on 5 November – an occasion that goes beyond paying tribute to the victims of tsunamis.