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UN launches ‘Sendai Seven’ campaign aimed at boosting disaster risk management

11 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy dealing with disaster risk reduction today launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives.


INTERVIEW: Sustainable Development Goals must be owned by everyone, says senior UN official

08 July 2016 – Ahead of next week’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum, Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass talks about sustainable development, leaving no one behind, and why this time “it’s for real”.


'Monster' El Niño subsides but impact on children set to worsen as disease, malnutrition spread – UNICEF

08 July 2016 – While the 2015-2016 El Niño – one of the strongest on record – has ended, its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed today.


In China, Ban highlights country’s leadership on sustainable development, climate change

07 July 2016 – In China today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the country’s relationship with the Organization, noting in particular its crucial role in improving tensions, building peace and promoting the agenda on climate change.


As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on overharvesting

07 July 2016 – A new report out today from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels.


UN highlights risk reduction, mitigation to combat El Niño’s impact in Central America’s Dry Corridor

30 June 2016 – The international community must take urgent action to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are impacted by drought and other extreme-weather effects of the El Niño phenomenon, senior United Nations officials today said.


UN chief appoints 12 experts to his task force to prevent and manage future health crises

29 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the membership of his Global Health Crises Task Force, which aims to help countries and communities prepare and respond to emergencies, such as the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.


UN aid chief spotlights need to bridge humanitarian-development divides

28 June 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to transcend the divide between relief aid and development work, urging action on global commitments made at last month’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).


UN agencies to meet on El Niño’s ‘devastating impact’ in Central America’s Dry Corridor

28 June 2016 – With the El Niño climate event devastating Central America’s so-called Dry Corridor, where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure, United Nations agencies will gather this week to discuss ways to improve the long-term response to the weather developments in the region.


UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs

27 June 2016 – The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.