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Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


On International Day, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

02 December 2016 – Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.


UN chief commends peaceful polls in Gambia, congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the people of Gambia for the peaceful and orderly manner in which yesterday's presidential election was held and congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow.


Asia-Pacific saw steady growth in 2016, but risks to financial stability remain – UN report

01 December 2016 – Issuing a year-end update to its flagship economic and social development report, the United Nations development arm for the Asia-Pacific region said today that resilient domestic demand and policy support supported the region notch a steady growth rate of five per cent but warned that risks remain to financial stability.


On eve of major UN conference, alarms raised that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging

01 December 2016 – Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warned today, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico.


One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of $3.5 trillion a year – UN

01 December 2016 – As an United Nations international meeting on ways to improve diets and ensure sustainable food systems kicked off in Rome, Italy today, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of $3.5 trillion per year.


In Lao PDR, UN food relief agency chief reiterates support for efforts to ensure nutrition security for all

01 December 2016 – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has wrapped up a visit in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), where she reiterated the agency’s commitment to working with the Government to help the country achieve middle-income status and to support food and nutrition security for all.


On World AIDS Day, UNICEF warns of sharp rise in new HIV infections among adolescents

01 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 a year by 2030 if progress stalls in reaching adolescents, warns a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, which is observed annually as World AIDS Day.


New UN report reveals barriers to inclusive development and highlights key steps to progress

30 November 2016 – The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has just released its 2016 Report on the World Social Situation, which includes important new findings about persisting inequalities in education and economic opportunity, and challenges the international community to work harder to break down barriers to participation.


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.