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35 stories found over the past 45 days
Marking World Day, UN stresses need for coherent policies to end child labour

12 June 2016 – With some 168 million children working in various sectors globally, the fight against child labour requires coherent policy packages to support legislation focused on quality education, social protection and decent jobs for parents, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.


UN-backed fund expands wildlife protection plan to 19 countries in Africa and Asia

10 June 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership fun has approved an additional $40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia.


Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

08 June 2016 – Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are using traditional methods to circumvent the world and highlight the importance of protecting our bodies of water.


Ahead of World Day, two UN agencies launch course to end child labour in agriculture

08 June 2016 – Ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour – to be observed this Sunday – two United Nations agencies today launched an e-learning course aimed at ensuring that child labour prevention measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, particularly those targeting poor smallholders.


Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared ‘with those who stand to gain most’ – Ban

06 June 2016 – Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.


UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

05 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.


Ban 'deeply saddened' by passing of Muhammad Ali, 'world champion for equality and peace'

04 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Muhammad Ali, and extended his condolences to the Ali family and the many millions of fans mourning his death in every corner of the world.


Looking beyond ‘quick-fix’ solutions, UN agencies help South Sudan refugees become self-sufficient

02 June 2016 – Two United Nations agencies have joined forces to distribute seeds and agricultural tools to 200,000 refugees and their host communities across South Sudan, helping them become more self-sufficient in a country facing a serious food crisis.


Global food prices rose in May; commodity markets look stable for year ahead – UN

02 June 2016 – Global food prices rose 2.1 per cent in May, the fourth straight monthly increase, but stayed about seven per cent below 2015 levels, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today, also noting that food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to broadly stable prices and supplies.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.