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UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most of its unilateral sanction on Sudan

19 January 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.


At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

19 January 2017 – Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty.


Gambia: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Barrow

19 January 2017 – Urging all Gambian parties to respect the outcome of the 1 December election recognizing Adama Barrow as the country’s President-elect, the United Nations Security Council today expressed its support for the commitment of West African States to “ensure, by political means first, respect of the will of the people.”


Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as ‘direct attack’ on peace process

18 January 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack earlier today perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured.


UN forum wraps up in South Africa with a call for better data to improve people’s lives

18 January 2017 – The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum concluded today with the launch of a global plan that outlines a vision and a “to-do” list for better data to improve people’s lives, including through new ideas, solutions and strengthened collaboration in the field of statistics.


Donor 'consortium' needed to bolster Haiti's long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says

17 January 2017 – A senior United Nations adviser called today for a new “consortium” of donors committed to improving Haiti's water supply and sanitation services to help finally eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moïse.


At Cape Town Forum, UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps

17 January 2017 – With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women and only 13 per cent of countries having a dedicated gender statistics budget, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum today explored ways to close these data gaps


At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle East

17 January 2017 – Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East today told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations.


Modest economic growth not an indication of revived global demand – UN report

17 January 2017 – A modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18 should be seen as more of an indication of economic stabilization than a signal of a robust and sustained revival of global demand, a new United Nations economic report has found.


Bullies target physical appearance, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation – UN reports

17 January 2017 – Nearly a quarter of a billion children and young people world-wide are bullied each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations educational and cultural agency, which found that bullies like to pick on children because of their looks, have ethnic or cultural differences, or due to gender or sexual orientation.