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AIDS-related deaths decline; 19.5 million people on life-saving treatment – UN report

20 July 2017 – The scales have tipped for the first time in the fight against AIDS as more than half of all people living with the HIV virus now have access to treatment, while AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005, according to a new United Nations report.


Drought in DPR Korea threatens food supply during ongoing lean season

20 July 2017 – Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations agricultural agency is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season.


South Sudan: UN agency scales up cholera response with 500,000 doses of oral vaccine

20 July 2017 – The United Nations health agency is scaling up cholera response in South Sudan, where 17,785 cases, including 320 deaths, have been reported since the outbreak in June 2106.


Cost of feeding hungry world surging due to conflicts and instability – UN agency

20 July 2017 – Improved aid access, strengthened resilience and advances in food system networks could provide as much as $3.5 billion in annual cost savings at a time when humanitarian needs are skyrocketing in multiple complex emergencies across the globe, a new United Nations study has found.


Least developed countries face challenges in funding sustainable development – UN report

19 July 2017 – Lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs) in their implementation of sustainable development targets, according to a United Nations report released today.


More flexibility and mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo – senior official says

19 July 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is becoming more flexible and mobile, the head of that mission today said, by focusing on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance.


UN reports more people warned against tobacco use, but industry interference continues

19 July 2017 – Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the United Nations health agency today reported.


VIDEO: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors sing to ban child marriage

19 July 2017 – Singer Angélique Kidjo and eight of Benin's other music artists are urging parents to not marry off their young daughters in a new music video created by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


International community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa – UN chief Guterres

19 July 2017 – Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations today highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and predictable funding.


UN refugee agency 'shocked' by reported airstrike and casualties in Yemen

19 July 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is “deeply shocked and saddened” at reports of the deaths and injuries of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack on the embattled Mawza district in Yemen's Taizz governorate.