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133 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Tackling cholera in Haiti by building sanitary cordons

27 July 2016 – “Wash my hands before eating and nursing the baby, wash my hands after relieving myself, use Aquatabs to purify the water…” and so, Sherline Deus lists the steps she must take to protect herself and her children from cholera in the town of Grand Bois, located in in north-eastern Haiti, near the country's border with the Dominican Republic.


FEATURE: 'We all have to do what we can' to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse – Jane Holl Lute

26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.


Security Council extends UN Central African Republic Mission through 2017

26 July 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country.


Gender equality, women's empowerment central to Colombian peace process – UN officials

26 July 2016 – Two senior United Nations officials today underscored that the centrality of women to the Colombian peace process, as shown by the 'historic commitment' by the Government and Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) at the Havana Peace Talks Table, must be reinforced in the final agreement and, more importantly, during the implementation phase.


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


UN Assembly adopts resolution proclaiming Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa

25 July 2016 – Underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of Africa, the United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa.


In Skype video chat, Ban applauds Solar Impulse pilot on remarkable journey

25 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today hailed the determination and courage of the Solar Impulse flight team as the aircraft completes its around-the-world, solar-powered journey.


As Rio Games approach, UN calls for cessation of hostilities during 'Olympic Truce'

25 July 2016 – Ahead of next month's start of the Olympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, has issued an appeal to all United Nations Member States to observe the historic cessation of hostilities during the Games


General Assembly decision makes International Organization for Migration part of UN system

25 July 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system as a related organization.


Ban appoints Chilean national as Deputy Special Representative for Central African Republic

22 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).