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Participants endorse 'Ashgabat Statement' as first-ever UN conference on sustainable transport ends

27 November 2016 – The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded today in the Turkmen capital, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations,' with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.


World’s first malaria vaccine set for 2018 rollout in Africa after UN health agency secures funding

17 November 2016 – Having secured the funds for the initial phase of the deployment of the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today it will be rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018.


MARRAKECH: Deepening South-South cooperation driving climate action among developing countries

14 November 2016 – South-South cooperation is growing, as developing countries are helping each other to address climate change, sustainable development and implementation of the Paris Agreement, said senior United Nations officials and government Ministers at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech (COP 22).


MARRAKECH: Private sector commits to actions on sustainable energy for a just climate future for all

11 November 2016 – In connection with the theme-based actions being announced at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Marrakech (COP 22), new commitments and initiatives to use renewable energy were in the spotlight today as one of the most effective ways to implement the landmark Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November 2016.


Tough action on pneumonia and diarrhoea can save more than one million lives annually – UNICEF

11 November 2016 – According to the latest statistics from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), pneumonia and diarrhoea kill some 1.4 million children each year, mostly in middle and low-income countries, despite the fact that these illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost-effective solutions.


Despite progress, hundreds of children still die of measles every day – UN-backed report

10 November 2016 – A United Nations-backed report issued today has revealed that despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day.


Conservationists and palm oil industry should collaborate to protect great apes, fragile ecosystems – UN

10 November 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is advocating a collaboration between the international conservation community and palm oil developers in order to create sustainable strategies that will save fragile ecosystems and the species that inhabit them, particularly apes.


'Wonder Woman' appointed UN honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

21 October 2016 – Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.


Millions more children will have access to ‘5-in-1’ vaccine through UNICEF supply agreement

19 October 2016 – With a price drop to below $1 a dose, UNICEF has successfully secured a five-in-one vaccine for children at half the price the agency currently pays, which will allow it to buy 450 million doses for 80 countries over the next three years.