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United Nations news in brief: 8 December 2016

08 December 2016 – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.


Millions of ‘children on the move’ without protection is unacceptable – UN refugee agency chief

08 December 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the protection of millions of children, many of whom are separated from their families as they flee wars and persecution, the top United Nations refugee official today called for prompt action to stave off the risk of losing an entire generation.


UN agriculture agency to support land reforms at core of Colombia’s new peace deal

08 December 2016 – On behalf of millions of Colombian farmers affected by the violent conflict that plagued the Latin American country for more than 50 years, a comprehensive rural reform, aimed at strengthening food security and peace, including measures which address issues of land access and restitution will be supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


UN agencies sign agreement on purchasing ‘greener’ health commodities

08 December 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other United Nations and international agencies in a new agreement that will lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement of health commodities.


On International Day, top UN aviation official recalls contributions of civil aviation

07 December 2016 – In a message on the International Civil Aviation Day, celebrated annually on 7 December, the head of the United Nations civil aviation agency underlined the socio-economic importance and contribution of air travel and aviation.


In Vienna, Ban says UN and Austria will continue cooperation in promoting shared goals

07 December 2016 – Kicking off what is likely to be his final overseas trip before leaving office at the end of the month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria today, meeting the President-elect, foreign ministry officials, and press in Vienna.


Recent violence in Central African Republic spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told

07 December 2016 – Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council today.


UN launches $2.66 billion appeal for emergency assistance in Sahel region

07 December 2016 – The United Nations and its partner non-governmental organizations today launched an appeal for $2.66 billion to provide emergency assistance across eight countries in the Sahel region, where “millions of people still live in conditions of deplorable human suffering.”


UN aid agencies ramp up response amid the worst southern African drought in decades

07 December 2016 – Following the worst El Niño-induced drought in decades in southern Africa, United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners today launched a revised Action Plan to outlining their response to the needs of an estimated 13.8 million people as the region enters the peak of the lean season with largely depleted food stocks due to poor and failed harvests.


United Nations news in brief: 6 December 2016

06 December 2016 – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.