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103 stories found over the past 45 days
Increasingly complex armed conflicts have dire impact on children – UN envoy

24 August 2016 – The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe, with regions in turmoil and violations against children intensifying in a number of conflicts, the senior United Nations envoy on the subject said today, stressing that this situation stems directly from an erosion of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law by conflict parties.


China’s poverty alleviation must be accompanied by accountability – UN rights expert

23 August 2016 – China has made huge progress in poverty alleviation, but needs meaningful accountability mechanisms that citizens can use when their rights are violated in the context of development-related activities, a United Nations human rights expert said today


UN human rights office concerned for the health of protestor in Israel

23 August 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern over the deteriorating health of a 35-year-old Palestinian man who has been on a hunger strike against his administrative detention since 15 June, after having already completed his 14-and-a-half years prison sentence.


UN chief urges all to build on sustainable development effects of 2016 Olympic Games

22 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian people, the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for having successfully concluded the 2016 Olympic Games.


Nigeria: With thousands in urgent need, UN health agency scales up emergency response

22 August 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its response in north-eastern Nigeria, where initial assessments have revealed urgent health problems among populations in areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents.


‘Pressure’ on Palestinian households to move raises risk of forcible transfers – UN official

22 August 2016 – A senior United Nations official has cautioned that many Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank are facing a heightened risk of forcible transfer as there has been a recent surge in the number of demolitions in the area.


UN health agency’s African member States adopt new malaria framework

22 August 2016 – With Africa still accounting for more than 90 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2015, the United Nations health agency’s member States in the region have adopted a new framework on implementing a strategy towards a malaria-free continent.


UN official 'deeply concerned' about health of detained Palestinian hunger striker

20 August 2016 – A senior United Nations official today expressed a deep concern about the deteriorating health of a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his detention after completing a 14.5-year prison sentence.


INTERVIEW: Funding to prevent cholera is crucial to advance development in Haiti – UNICEF’s Marc Vincent

19 August 2016 – Earlier today, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about how the UN system is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by the outbreak of cholera in the Caribbean nation.


'Alarming' disparity in broadband connectivity within Asia-Pacific, UN regional study finds

19 August 2016 – New findings by the economic and social development arm of the United Nations in the Asia-Pacific have revealed that nearly 75 per cent of the region's broadband capabilities and access are concentrated in countries in East and North-East Asia while the Pacific subregion accounts for a mere 1.93 per cent.