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Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN

29 July 2016 – Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to eradicate malnutrition.


On International Tiger Day, UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade

29 July 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today marked International Tiger Day with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife.


Global Goals ‘rallying call’ to tackle world’s ills, says new President of UN economic and social body

28 July 2016 – Opening the first meeting of the 2017 session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the body’s new President, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, of Zimbabwe, said today that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a “rallying call” to address the complex challenges facing the world.


At Security Council, Ban cites shared responsibility to ‘nurture seeds of peace and prosperity’ in Africa

28 July 2016 – Citing persisting instability in number of African countries – from South Sudan to Mali and Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that building peace and restoring institutions in post-conflict settings are long-term processes that must be rooted in a country’s historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts.


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


UN Assembly adopts resolution proclaiming Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa

25 July 2016 – Underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of Africa, the United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa.


As Rio Games approach, UN calls for cessation of hostilities during 'Olympic Truce'

25 July 2016 – Ahead of next month's start of the Olympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, has issued an appeal to all United Nations Member States to observe the historic cessation of hostilities during the Games


General Assembly decision makes International Organization for Migration part of UN system

25 July 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system as a related organization.


UN body agrees framework to make globalization and trade work for billions across global south

22 July 2016 – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today wrapped up its fourteenth quadrennial conference, with delegations in Nairobi, Kenya reaching agreement on a framework that will guide the body's work over the next four years, largely focused on ensuring broad achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Agenda.


Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union; reiterates concern at South Sudan crisis

21 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.