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At Milan Expo, senior UN officials call for social protection and fairer food systems

16 October 2015 – Celebrating World Food Day at the Milan Expo 2015, senior United Nations officials joined leading figures in the global fight against hunger in an appeal to the international community to speed up efforts on eradicating hunger and improving the way food is produced and consumed.

‘Hunger is more than a lack of food – it is a terrible injustice,’ says Ban on World Food Day

16 October 2015 – On World Food Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is underlining that “hunger is more than a lack of food—it is a terrible injustice,” while reaffirming the global community’s commitment to work together “to end hunger in our lifetime.”

UN refugee agency backs plan to boost protection for people fleeing disasters and climate change

16 October 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency has joined 110 nations to strengthen steps to protect people displaced across borders by disasters and climate change.

UN agency hails pledge by more than 100 cities to fight hunger and improve nutrition

15 October 2015 – Cities have a key role to play in ending hunger and improving nutrition, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, welcoming a commitment by more than 100 cities from around the world to make food systems in urban areas more equitable and sustainable.

UN deputy chief urges ‘transformation’ in collective effort to tackle ‘staggering’ humanitarian needs

15 October 2015 – Warning of the huge, almost uncontrollable human disasters facing the world – with a staggering 100 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged global solidarity to meet “the heavy but inspiring responsibility” today’s global challenges demand.

In Rome, Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a ‘defining moment for Europe and the world’

15 October 2015 – The current refugee and migration crisis is a “defining moment” for Europe and the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Rome today, where in an address to Italian Government officials, he thanked Italy for its “compassionate and courageous response” while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.

‘Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods,’ Ban declares on International Day

15 October 2015 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, the United Nations today affirmed the role of women as significant and crucial for the progress of rural households, local and national economies.

On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal

15 October 2015 – On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal More than 40 per cent of health facilities have no water resources within 500 metres in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice of handwashing with soap is dangerously low even though it is “one of the cheapest, simplest, most effective health interventions,” the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UN-backed telecom summit shines spotlight on young innovators

14 October 2015 – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today hosted at its 2015 telecom summit in Budapest the winners of the Young Innovators Competition, who benefited from expert mentorship to help accelerate their innovations globally through a series of workshops, pitching sessions and collaborations.

New UN trade report spotlights links between maritime transport and sustainability

14 October 2015 – The 2015 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), underscored the role of maritime transport in helping implement a workable international sustainable development agenda.