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#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes

19 October 2017 – Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression.


Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

19 October 2017 – A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.


Number of UN civilian casualties falls despite spike in direct attacks against the Organization – new report

19 October 2017 – Despite an increasingly complex global security environment and an unprecedented increase in direct attacks against the United Nations, the number of casualties among UN civilian personnel has declined, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.


Strong civil society can push back against 'major attack' on human rights, says senior UN rights official

19 October 2017 – A senior United Nations human rights official has praised civil society for its role in standing up to the “backlash” against human rights.


Governments endorse UN-backed plan to tackle cancer, diabetes and other deadly diseases

19 October 2017 – Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world's leading killers – heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – the United Nations health agency has reported.


UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'

19 October 2017 – The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.


Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

19 October 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging all sides involved in the fight for Raqqa, Syria, to protect civilians, abide with international law, and allow humanitarian access to those in need.


Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

19 October 2017 – More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.


With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

18 October 2017 – African countries individually represent relatively small markets, but collectively, they represent enormous market potential, the United Nations deputy chief told an Africa Week event in New York on Wednesday.


UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan

18 October 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned yesterday's attacks in Afghanistan's Paktya and Ghazni provinces, which left many dead and injured.