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7 stories found over the past 45 days
UN calls for protecting civilians as fighting, though reduced, continues in north-west Myanmar

19 October 2016 – Even though fighting between security forces and a group, identified by the Government as the Aqa mul moujahideen, in some villages on the outskirts of Maungdaw township in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine province appear to have reduced in severity, an atmosphere of fear and tension continues to grip the local population, a spokesperson for the United Nations said today.

Taxing sugary drinks can curb global epidemic of obesity and diabetes – UN health agency

11 October 2016 – Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the United Nations health agency said today, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

On World Day, UN urges rabies control beyond human and animal health services

28 September 2016 – Officials at the United Nations today urged human and animal health authorities around the world to step up and more effectively address rabies – a preventable but fatal disease that still claims the lives of an estimated 60,000 people each year – as the international community marks World Rabies Day.

Philippines’ anti-drug fight ‘grabs headlines for wrong reasons,’ Foreign Secretary tells UN

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Philippines’ Foreign Minister today said that the country’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs and crimes under the new President has been widely misunderstood.

INTERVIEW: Margaret Anstee – first woman to become UN Under-Secretary-General

19 September 2016 – “A woman of firsts,”is perhaps only a summary description of Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General.

Inclusive rural transformation requires investment; it will not happen automatically – UN report

14 September 2016 – Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation and governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty – those are some of the key findings from a new report by the United Nations rural poverty agency.

At East Asia Summit, Ban expresses concern over tensions on Korean Peninsula and in South China Sea

08 September 2016 – Wrapping up an 11-day trip to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the region’s economic growth and progress on development, but expressed concerns about some challenges facing the countries there, including the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.