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162 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN biodiversity conference

06 December 2016 – Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity heard today.


UN community makes New York's diversity more 'vibrant' – new report

06 December 2016 – Contributing to the 'vibrant diversity' of New York, the United Nations, its agencies and staff not only generated $3.69 billion in total economic output for the City, the UN community also supported nearly 8,000 jobs and brought in more than 30,000 visitors to attend meetings, according to the 2016 UN Economic Impact Report that was released today.


With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide'

06 December 2016 – The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.


In 'wake-up call' to Asia-Pacific, UN report urges region to do more to achieve zero hunger by 2030

06 December 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a report that outlines declining progress towards defeating hunger in Asia and the Pacific, noting that nearly one-in-three children suffer from stunting, and warning that to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by 2030, the region must redouble its efforts.