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Economic and Social Council President urges curtailing flow of illegal finances that cost Africa billions

23 October 2015 – In a “timely and necessary” meeting on illicit financial flows and their impact on development in Africa, Oh Joon, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged broader efforts to combat such flows, of IFFs from the continent could amount to a staggering $50 billion each year.

UN expert on right to housing challenges governments to end homelessness

22 October 2015 – Saying human rights have been largely absent from discussions of urban development at a time when more than half the world’s population lives in cities, the UN independent expert on adequate housing today challenged governments to end homelessness and improve living conditions for all.

Senior UN official warns funding shortages could be disastrous for chronically food-insecure Mauritania

22 October 2015 – On her two-day visit to Mauritania, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), saw at first hand the challenges faced by nearly 1 million food insecure people amid rising malnutrition in the country.

UN human rights chief urges recognition of 'dignity and worth of every human being'

21 October 2015 – The turmoil and crises the international community faces clearly demonstrate the disasters that may occur when human rights are “neglected and ground down,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today in a wide-ranging address to UN Member States in New York.

UN agency and European Union kick-off pledging conference to support return of Somali refugees

21 October 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today convened with the European Union a pledging conference to rally support for Somalia by creating conditions for the voluntary return of refugees to the east African nation faced with “one of the most complex crisis in recent history.”

UNICEF applauds call from religious groups in Myanmar seeking tolerance for sake of country’s children

21 October 2015 – In the light of upcoming elections in Myanmar and amid reports of rising religious intolerance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of four main religious groups in the country calling for tolerance and respect of religious freedom as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to their full potential.

At Security Council, heads of main UN bodies highlight ‘mutually reinforcing’ areas of concern

20 October 2015 – During a debate on the working methods of the Security Council, the President of the General Assembly, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General and the Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) emphasized the need for continued and improved interaction between the main bodies of the United Nations.

Recent floods deal devastating blow to agricultural livelihoods and food security in Myanmar – UN

20 October 2015 – A new joint United Nations agency-Myanmar Government report paints a grim picture of the destruction caused by flooding in the country, where more than half a million hectares of rice paddy were affected and almost a quarter of a million livestock were killed, including poultry, cattle, pigs and goats, when Cyclone Komen struck in late July and early August this year.

Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report

20 October 2015 – The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.

On World Statistics Day, UN flags importance of reliable data to achieve new development agenda

20 October 2015 – Emphasizing that “reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all partners and stakeholders to work together to achieve the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.