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10 stories found over the past 45 days
UN resilience ‘scorecard’ to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers

23 May 2017 – As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by 2020.


Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

23 May 2017 – The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the United Nations health agency, today elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).


INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

23 May 2017 – According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.


In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

22 May 2017 – The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.


Identifying all-time deadliest weather events, UN says history can help mitigate future disasters

18 May 2017 – The United Nations weather agency today announced “world records” for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms, marking the first time its Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from temperature and weather records to address impacts of specific events.


ESCAP: 70 years of UN efforts to advance socio-economic development in Asia and the Pacific

12 May 2017 – Notwithstanding the challenges faced by countries in Asia and Pacific, the region has witnessed economic and social achievements beyond expectations over the past 70 years, according to the head of the United Nations body assisting with development efforts.


Next month's ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN trade officials

10 May 2017 – Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency today said, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month's Ocean Conference.


Afghanistan: UN assesses border management to cope with spike in returns from Pakistan

02 May 2017 – With an unprecedented 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan last year, the United Nations migration agency has completed an assessment of border management capacity at Afghanistan’s two main border crossings with Pakistan.


World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

24 April 2017 – Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.


‘Large majority’ of millions living with hepatitis have no access to testing or treatment – UN agency

21 April 2017 – New data published by the United Nations health agency has revealed that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment, placing them at a great risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and even death.