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UN agency urges heightened vigilance after H5N1 outbreaks in West and Central Africa

13 July 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) altered Western and Central African governments to be vigilant, and to continue their raised surveillance and prevention efforts after H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks were recently confirmed in chicken farms in Cameroon.


Côte d'Ivoire: UN report finds 'some progress' in fight against rape but stresses more must be done

12 July 2016 – In a new joint report, the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have called for strengthening rape prevention efforts and to improve the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the West African nation.


Human rights are not ‘abstract ideas,’ must be main tool in meeting development targets – Ban

12 July 2016 – Far greater emphasis must be placed on human rights as the international community continues to work towards implementing the agreed-upon sustainable development agenda, because it is the most powerful driver of peace and development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


UN agency urges implementation of accord to tackle illegal fishing

12 July 2016 – An international agreement aimed at tackling illegal fishing “marks the dawn of a new era,” but rapid action is needed to ensure that its implementation is effective, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.


UN political forum opens with focus on achieving 2030 Agenda's call to 'leave no one behind'

11 July 2016 – Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.


UNESCO names Turkish musician Kudsi Ergüner as agency’s Artist for Peace

11 July 2016 – The United Nations cultural agency, has appointed musician Kudsi Ergüner, as an Artist for Peace in recognition of his efforts to promote the universal values of music, his contribution to the protection of musical heritage support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), and his unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization.


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.


Global food prices rose in June; wheat harvest outlook robust – UN agency

07 July 2016 – Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, also noting improved production prospects for the year ahead.


El Niño response must be ramped up amid preparedness for La Niña's likely knock-on effect – UN

06 July 2016 – Failure to prepare for and adapt to the 'new normal' of increasing climate-linked emergencies such as El Niño could put global development targets at risk and deepen widespread human suffering in areas already hard hit by floods and droughts, top United Nations officials said in Rome today.


Global community must not mar human rights in Myanmar by rushing to forge economic ties – UN

04 July 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community rushing to forge or strengthen political or economic ties with Myanmar not to undermine the country's rights priorities.