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87 million children under seven have known nothing but conflict, UNICEF reports

24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of seven have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Fight against tuberculosis only 'half-won,' UN chief says on World Day

24 March 2016 – Observing World Tuberculosis Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for united global efforts to end the deadly disease by 2030 as it would claim the lives of 1.5 million people this year alone.


Time 'to ring the alarm bell' on waning prospects for Middle East peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

24 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that the prospects for an independent Palestinian state are disappearing, and questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts.


In Lebanon, Ban prasies country's generosity towards Syrian refugees

24 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived this morning in Lebanon, starting with a visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, in Naqoura and then holding a joint press conference where he praised the generosity the country and Lebanese people have shown towards Syrian refugees.


Ethiopia: UN and partners launch 90-day campaign to boost drought-relief funding

24 March 2016 – To aid drought-affected people of Ethiopia, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have launched a 90-day campaign to raise awareness about the food crisis in the country and raise funds to bridge a $700 million gap.


World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes 'the new normal,' UN urges bold climate action

23 March 2016 – Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action is needed to “face the future now.”


World Water Day: UN calls for ‘better water and better jobs’

22 March 2016 – With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods, the United Nations today said, underscoring the link between water and jobs, this year’s theme for World Water Day.


UN Women launches media partnership to help bring gender equality to newsrooms

22 March 2016 – The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses today to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women's rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Zika: 'the more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports

22 March 2016 – The head of the United Nations health agency today reported that in less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”


'Terrible year' in war-torn Yemen leaves majority of country's people in need of aid – UN

22 March 2016 – One year on into the conflict in Yemen, tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured, one in 10 are displaced and nearly the entire population is in urgent need of aid, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country said.<