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UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

12 May 2016 – Stronger partnerships between the United Nations and African regional and sub-regional organizations are necessary to sustain the momentum for peacebuilding in Africa and prevent a lapse into violent conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, calling for greater efforts to reinforce initiatives and define the parameters of cooperation.


New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

12 May 2016 – Disasters associated with slow processes of environmental change – drought, sea level rise and desertification – demonstrate again the growing importance of climate change as a driver of disaster risk, as senior United Nations official said today on the heels of the release of a global report which revealed that more than 19 million people in 2015 were forced from their homes by natural hazards.


UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

12 May 2016 – More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), with populations in low-income cities the most at risk for respiratory diseases and other long-term health problems.


In Madagascar, Ban calls for end to corruption, reports on ‘alarming’ cost of hunger

11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.