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103 stories found over the past 45 days
UN highlights risk reduction, mitigation to combat El Niño’s impact in Central America’s Dry Corridor

30 June 2016 – The international community must take urgent action to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are impacted by drought and other extreme-weather effects of the El Niño phenomenon, senior United Nations officials today said.


UN chief appoints 12 experts to his task force to prevent and manage future health crises

29 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the membership of his Global Health Crises Task Force, which aims to help countries and communities prepare and respond to emergencies, such as the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.


Senior UN relief official warns of demographic challenges and growing humanitarian needs in the Sahel

28 June 2016 – More than 9.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 4.4 million face severe food insecurity, a senior United Nations relief official said today, appealing for greater efforts from the international community and development partners to meet the region’s growing needs.


UN aid chief spotlights need to bridge humanitarian-development divides

28 June 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to transcend the divide between relief aid and development work, urging action on global commitments made at last month’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).


UN rights expert applauds media initiative to shine light on homelessness in San Francisco

28 June 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on housing today commended a large media initiative in the US city of San Francisco aimed at bringing the issue of homelessness to the forefront of discussions and encourage civil engagement.


In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban urges ‘courageous steps’ for lasting two-State solution

28 June 2016 – Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the “courageous steps” necessary for a negotiated two-State solution in order to bring lasting peace, security and dignity for the people of both Israel and Palestine.


Poverty and early deaths await millions of world's most disadvantaged children – UNICEF

28 June 2016 – Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a United Nations report published today.


UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs

27 June 2016 – The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.


UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans

27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.


In Jerusalem, Ban urges two-State solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

27 June 2016 – Following a meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis, stressing that only a negotiated two-State solution could bring the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians to fruition.