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10 stories found over the past 45 days
UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake

26 April 2015 – The United Nations relief wing said today that at least 2,200 people have died and over 5,800 are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.


‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

23 April 2015 – Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.


Sharp fall in sugar drives downward trend in food prices – UN

02 April 2015 – According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the global food prices continued to decline in March – dropping some 40 points below last year’s level – with sugar prices sliding to their lowest level since February 2009.


On World Meteorological Day, UN chief stresses need to mitigate climate change patterns

23 March 2015 – With extreme weather and changing climatic patterns taking a heavier toll on the planet, mitigating and adapting to them remains “among the great tests of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he stressed the need for timely, reliable information to further strengthen resilience.


Natural disasters - New strategy aims to build resilience, reduce loss

20 March 2015 – In a year when countries are set to adopt a global sustainable development agenda, and to forge a meaningful, binding climate change agreement, world leaders meeting in Sendai, Japan, signed on to a new framework for making the world safer from the threats of natural disasters.


UN rights experts urge Pakistan not to execute juveniles

20 March 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts welcomed the last-minute decision by the Pakistani authorities to postpone the hanging of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted as a minor, while calling on them to halt the execution altogether.


UN urges Pakistan to reinstate suspension of death penalty

19 March 2015 – The United Nations has expressed deep concern today at the increasing number of executions in Pakistan since December 2014, and at the Government’s recent announcement that it has now withdrawn its moratorium on the death penalty for all cases, not only those related to terrorism.


UN envoy Gordon Brown makes ‘plea from the heart’ to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools

18 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.


At Security Council, UN envoy cites renewed hope for Afghan peace process

16 March 2015 – The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today said there was renewed hope for the peace process as he briefed the Security Council, which extended the mandate of the UN mission in the country for another year.


FEATURE: ‘Rebuilding Sichuan’ takes top film prize at UN event on disaster resilience

16 March 2015 – A film chronicling the monumental effort of the engineers and designers to rebuild entire new cities from scratch following the devastating 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province, took the top prize at the first United Nations co-organized International Awards for the Best TV Documentaries on Disaster Risk Reduction.