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25 stories found over the past 45 days
Focus on future, prioritize reconciliation for the region, UN envoy urges Western Balkans

12 February 2018 – Wrapping up a twelve-day visit to Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has called for concerted and sustained efforts to prioritize reconciliation and prevention.


Ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN calls for smashing stereotypes

09 February 2018 – It is time to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed annually on 11 February.


In Seoul, UN chief says Global Goals must be a blueprint for fair globalization

08 February 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday highlighted the importance of engagement and empowerment to transform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into benefits for all people worldwide and called on all sectors of the society to actively involve themselves in this endeavour.


New Bollywood film about rural innovator spotlights menstrual health, women's rights

08 February 2018 – Bollywood is highlighting the issue of menstrual hygiene in a new comedy-drama that aims to break taboos around sanitary pads.


UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria's restive north-east

08 February 2018 – With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners today launched a $1 billion appeal to fund life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in the region.


Well-planned and managed cities can drive sustainable development – UN agency chief

07 February 2018 – The head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Wednesday that a week-long conference on sustainable urban development that kicked off Wednesday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, will open a “global conversation about our cities and human settlements.”


Over 14,000 farmers in rural Nepal to benefit from new UN project

06 February 2018 – Thousands of family farmers are expected to benefit from a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative in Nepal that uses an innovative approach to build both the farmers’ capacities as well as add value to their products.


With rising number of girls at risk, world in 'race against time' to end female genital mutilation – UN

06 February 2018 – Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).


Female genital mutilation ‘not acceptable’ in the 21st century – UN envoy on youth

05 February 2018 – Speaking a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations youth envoy underscored that the ghastly practice is an aversion to the human rights of millions and keeps them from achieving their full potential.


Development indicators trending downward for world's poorest countries, UN warns

05 February 2018 – The least developed countries (LDCs) – nations categorized as requiring special attention from the international community – will fall short of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development unless urgent action is taken, new United Nations analysis has revealed.