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Investing in early childhood development helps communities thrive – UN-backed report

05 October 2016 – An estimated 43 per cent – or 249 million – of children under five in low- and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to a new United Nations-supported series from The Lancet.

Sport and faith dive social change, foster tolerance towards achievement of Global Goals – UN chief

05 October 2016 – Sport and faith are based on fundamental values of respect and friendship – at their best, they are open to everyone; they are diverse and inclusive; they transcend barriers of nationality and ethnicity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Rome today, urging the world to “summon the best from faith and sport to celebrate our common humanity.”

Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals, UNESCO reports

05 October 2016 – On World Teacher's Day, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued statistics revealing that close to 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, the deadline of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN deputy chief urges increased participation of young people in peace and security decision-making

04 October 2016 – With more young people around the world than ever before, it is necessary to include them when discussing global solutions related to peace, development and security, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today.

Jailing teen blogger in Singapore sends wrong message on free expression–UN expert

04 October 2016 – After a Singaporean teenage blogger was sentenced to jail for his social media posts, a United Nations human rights expert today warned that it is “exactly the wrong kind of message that any government should be sending to anybody, but especially to young people.”

‘Seriously concerned’ by situation in Jammu and Kashmir, UN rights chief urges de-escalation of tensions

04 October 2016 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, a spokesperson from the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) said today.

UN peacekeeping chief urges follow-up action to consolidate peace in Darfur

04 October 2016 – The security situation in Darfur, Sudan, remains volatile and the humanitarian impact of the conflict significant, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, calling on the Government of Sudan and the international community at large to address the current challenges in the country.

FEATURE: Political differences, a dozen peacekeepers and two new wells in northern Haiti

04 October 2016 – Residents in Pilate, a remote town of some 40,000 inhabitants located on a mountain in northern Haiti, were treated to an unusual site recently: uniformed, foreign men hard at work laying concrete foundations for a well near the local hospital and school.

UN chief urges European Parliament to approve process on Paris Agreement ratification

04 October 2016 – Addressing the plenary of the European Parliament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called its members to approve a speedy ratification by the European Union (EU) of the Paris Agreement on climate change and to help lead the world to a better future.

Some 385 million children live in extreme poverty, World Bank-UNICEF study reveals

04 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, with nearly 385 million children worldwide experiencing that condition, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).