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UN health agency to launch new hepatitis testing guidelines ahead of World Day

25 July 2016 – Ahead of World Hepatitis Day – observed annually on 28 July – the United Nations health agency has said it plans to release new testing guidelines for hepatitis B and C, among other action, in an attempt to encourage testing and reach the 95 per cent of people who are not aware they are infected with the disease.


Top UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to 'persistent' threat of terrorism

22 July 2016 – With more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response, a top United Nations counter-terrorism official said today.


UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence

20 July 2016 – A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency today decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India.


Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

20 July 2016 – Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new United Nations report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.


New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.


New UN report links farming, forestry and improved food security

18 July 2016 – Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.


UN, international experts urge countries to apply 'Nelson Mandela Rules' in prisons

18 July 2016 – A group of United Nations and other international human rights experts are calling for Governments to implement the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the “Nelson Mandela Rules.”


South Sudan: UN agency urges stability ahead of planting season to thwart food insecurity

16 July 2016 – Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning that the human costs of recent fighting in Juba will be compounded by deepening hunger across the entire country if peace does not hold.


UNESCO adds four new sites to World Heritage List

15 July 2016 – From rock art to an ancient water management system, the United Nations cultural agency today inscribed four new sites in China, India, Iran and Micronesia on its World Heritage List.


France: UN condemns terrorist attack on crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice

15 July 2016 – Senior officials from across the United Nations family today condemned the deadly attack in Nice, France, calling for stepped up efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism.