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102 stories found over the past 45 days
Greater cooperation needed to tackle poor air quality and other health threats in pan-European region: UN

08 June 2016 – Air pollution, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the pan-European region, according to the latest report by the UN environment agency and the UN economic commission in Europe.


UN General Assembly adopts political declaration to fast-track progress on ending AIDS

08 June 2016 – At a high-level meeting on ending AIDS that opened at the United Nations General Assembly today, Member States adopted a new political declaration that includes a set of time-bound targets to fast-track the pace of progress towards combating the worldwide scourge of HIV and AIDS over the next five years and end the epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.


Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

08 June 2016 – Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.


On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

08 June 2016 – Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the UN kicked off its celebrations to mark World Oceans Day.


Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: informal briefings reopen

07 June 2016 – Two more candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General will be heard today, answering questions on how they would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.


Americas: Regional meeting aims to aid overall UN disaster reduction efforts

06 June 2016 – With efforts under way to assist countries to take up a comprehensive strategy with achievable targets, the United Nations is seeking to drastically reduce the number of people affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.


UN urges collective action ahead of forum to fast-track AIDS response over next five years

06 June 2016 – While much has been done over the past few years to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic, the international community is set to gather for a three-day meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York later this week in order to propel the global response on a fast-track approach and chart the way towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared ‘with those who stand to gain most’ – Ban

06 June 2016 – Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.


UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

05 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.


'Go wild for life,' UN says on World Environment Day

05 June 2016 – Marking World Environment Day, which this year focuses on the illegal trade of wildlife, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on everyone to “go wild for life” and take action to help safeguard species under threat for future generations.