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Two-thirds of world’s population is infected with herpes, says new UN health agency report

28 October 2015 – More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, which in most cases causes “cold sores” around the mouth, according to the first global estimates of the infection by the World Health Organization (WHO).

‘Terrorism is on the march’ Ban tells global dialogue in Madrid, urging unified response to end scourge

28 October 2015 – Despite the world’s best efforts, “terrorism is on the march” and the violent ideas that fuel it are spreading, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, telling delegations gathered for a global dialogue in Madrid that a unified, multi-dimensional and rights-based response is required to wipe out the scourge.

Tuberculosis deaths nearly halved since 1990, but 4,400 dying daily from disease – UN health agency

28 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the fight against tuberculosis (TB) is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990, but 1.5 million still people died from the disease last year, with more than half occurring in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Eleven major firms agree to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities – UN labour agency

28 October 2015 – Eleven major international companies today agreed to promote and include persons with disabilities throughout their operations worldwide in a move the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed as “not only just a good moral cause” but also “good for business.”

Central African Republic: deploring recent violence, UN envoy says ‘dialogue is only way out of this crisis’

28 October 2015 – Following a series of incidents earlier this week in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui, the top United Nation official in the crisis-riven country strongly deplored the use of violence to resolve differences and had called on all Central Africans to exercise restraint “to avoid an increase of violence with serious consequences.”

UN agencies warn of deteriorating food security in Southern Madagascar

28 October 2015 – Leading food agencies of the United Nations warned that 46 per cent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar, comprising of 1.9 million people are food insecure, including 450,000 people who face chronic food insecurity.

New UN report reveals urgent need for coordinated, systematic approach to youth violence prevention

27 October 2015 – While youth violence is not a simple problem with easy solutions, a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) underscores that prevention programmes can improve a broad range of health, education and social outcomes – and lead to potentially substantial economic savings.

Ethiopia experiencing ‘worst drought in 30 years’ due to El Niño conditions – UN report

27 October 2015 – Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years according to the United Nations, with levels of acute need across all humanitarian sectors having already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, and which are projected to become far more severe in 2016.

Achieving sustainable development difficult in Asia-Pacific without tackling disaster risks, warns UN report

27 October 2015 – Asia and the Pacific, the most disaster-prone region of the world, has been struck by 1,625 disasters during the last 10 years amounting to over 40 per cent of the global total, thereby calling for a collective political commitment from the regions' leaders to mitigate risks posed by disasters, according to a new United Nations report.

Valuing women’s work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality – UN labour agency

26 October 2015 – Applauding the decision by Member States to include gender equality as a key plank of the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda, a senior United Nations labour agency official has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, and urged governments to commit to this achievable, basic right.