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Peace efforts and sustainable development top agenda at UN agency’s narcotics conference

13 March 2017 – The top United Nations panel dealing with all aspects of narcotic drugs opened its 60th session today with a focus on peace and security, as well as on helping Governments reach their sustainable development commitments.


UN Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality

13 March 2017 – With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today.


Americas region adopts 'historic' disaster risk reduction plan at UN-backed forum in Montreal

09 March 2017 – Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas at a United Nations-supported conference in Montreal, Canada, agreed a Regional Action Plan today to better protect their citizens from the destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters.


'Holistic thinking' needed for peace, development in Lake Chad region – Deputy UN chief Mohammed

09 March 2017 – Highlighting the multifaceted nature of the crisis in Africa's Lake Chad Basin, the deputy United Nations chief underlined the need for a holistic approach that includes responding to the Boko Haram as well as closing the gap between humanitarian assistance and development interventions.


New UN supply chain system to slash delays, save lives in large-scale health crises

09 March 2017 – In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks.


International Women’s Day: Overcome prejudice, support engagement and promote women’s empowerment

08 March 2017 – In his message on International Women’s Day, Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that while women’s rights are human rights, in these troubled times, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.


In Nairobi, UN chief Guterres marks International Women’s Day, hails Kenya’s role in multilateralism

08 March 2017 – The richness, welfare and prosperity of countries depend on the full integration of women in the development process, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, commemorating International Women’s Day at a ceremony in Nairobi as part of his visit to Kenya.


Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official

07 March 2017 – Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN’s Sendai Framework.


Women’s progress uneven and facing backlash, UN rights chief warns ahead of International Day

07 March 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today launched a joint report with the African Union and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women’s struggle for human rights in Africa, while the UN rights chief warned that the women’s movement around the world is facing a backlash that hurts both men and women.


At governing body, UN atomic energy chief airs concern over DPR Korea’s nuclear plan

06 March 2017 – The head of the United Nations atomic energy agency today expressed serious concern about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as he also provided an update on the agency’s verification and monitoring activities in Iran.