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83 stories found over the past 45 days
UN, Government join forces to boost Somalia's drought response capacity

04 August 2017 – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the United Nations migration and development entities are helping the Horn of Africa country enhance its national drought response capacity.


In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief pledges support to displaced civilians in Malakal

03 August 2017 – Having witnessed first-hand various security challenges and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping chief has wrapped up his three-day mission to the country, which included a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, where he expressed the Organization's resolve to support the return to stability.


Organizational reform moves ahead as Guterres receives proposals on a strengthened UN-Habitat

03 August 2017 – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability.


In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says regional engagement 'good thing' for peace process

02 August 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing.”


INTERVIEW: Head of UN drug body urges greater access to treatment for women

01 August 2017 – Women continue to be disproportionately affected by drug use, and face obstacles in accessing treatment, compared to men, according to the President of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).


Deadly combination of cholera, hunger and conflict pushes Yemen to 'edge of a cliff' – senior UN official

01 August 2017 – Describing the situation in Yemen as “very bleak,” with “no end in sight,” a senior United Nations official envoy today said the war-torn country, already reeling from malnutrition and dwindling health care, is plummeting into further distress amid a deadly cholera outbreak and looming famine.


In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief urges an end to fighting to give peace process 'better chance'

01 August 2017 – The conflict in South Sudan has to end in order to give the peace process there “a better chance of success,” the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, kicking off a three-day trip to the African country.


Solidarity across generations is vital for sustainable development, UN special event hears

01 August 2017 – The wisdom, experience, energy and ideals of the old and the young are vital to realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, stressing that they together can help break the cycles of poverty that have lasted for generations.


Breastfeeding is 'smartest investment' families, communities and countries can make – UN

01 August 2017 – Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.


Mobile broadband subscriptions on track to hit 4.3 billion in 2017 – UN report

31 July 2017 – Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency.