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UN must get ‘priorities right’ in 2016, Ban tells Member States, calling for ‘more and better work’

14 January 2016 – Sharing his thoughts on the direction of the United Nations’ work in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the global community begins the year needing to get its “priorities right,” while underlining that more and better work needs to be done.


Australian national takes the helm as new UN disaster risk reduction chief

08 January 2016 – Following his appointment by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).


Oral cholera vaccines to double to 6 million does after UN health agency approves new supplier

08 January 2016 – Faced with a global shortage of oral cholera vaccines (OCV), the United Nations health agency announced today that supply should double this year to six million doses, with further increases later, after it approved a third producer to fight a disease that kills up to 142,000 people annually.


Ban congratulates Sri Lanka on first anniversary of political transition

08 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country's political transition.


El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says, urging action now to mitigate impacts

07 January 2016 – Briefing United Nations Member States today on the widely varied and devastating impacts of the current El Niño weather phenomenon – which for months has sparked massive floods in some countries while leaving others, often in the same region, bone dry – the top UN relief official urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity.


Sustainable Development Goals to kick in with start of new year

30 December 2015 – As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.


People of African descent must be fully included in climate change decisions, UN experts urge

29 December 2015 – People of African descent, often the poorest and most marginalized in society, are among those set to be most adversely affected by climate change, yet they barely figured in the recent Paris climate summit, a United Nations expert group warned today, calling for their full inclusion.


Recent unusual weather worldwide calls for urgent preventive action, UN official warns

29 December 2015 – Extreme tornadoes in the United States over Christmas, abnormal snowfalls in Mexico, and heavy flooding in South America and the United Kingdom show that governments must take more preventive action to reduce human and economic losses from weather-related disasters, a senior United Nations official warned today.