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UN Internet Governance Forum closes with call to close ‘digital divide’

09 December 2016 – Underlining the urgency to close the “digital divide” – socio-economic inequalities that impact access to or use of information and communication technologies – the 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) closed today with a call for concerted actions to ensure that all people in all countries are able to reap the benefits of the Internet.


'Stand up for someone's rights today,' UN urges on Human Rights Day

09 December 2016 – Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone's rights today, tomorrow and every day.”


Human rights violations in DPR Korea ‘warning signs of instability and conflict,’ Security Council told

09 December 2016 – Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.”


UN report reveals convergence of environmental crime with corruption, raft of other illegal activities

09 December 2016 – A new report by INTERPOL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) links environmental crimes with other serious illegal activity, including corruption, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and financial crimes as well as with terrorist organizations and non-State armed groups.


On International Day, UN urges world to stand united against corruption

09 December 2016 – No country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end corruption, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that corruption is a “broad barrier” in the path to world's achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Nearly 535 million children living in crisis-hit countries – UNICEF

09 December 2016 – As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, the agency today issued a stark warning that despite significant progress, too many children are still being left behind, with nearly 535 million of them living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services.


United Nations news in brief: 8 December 2016

08 December 2016 – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.


Millions of ‘children on the move’ without protection is unacceptable – UN refugee agency chief

08 December 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the protection of millions of children, many of whom are separated from their families as they flee wars and persecution, the top United Nations refugee official today called for prompt action to stave off the risk of losing an entire generation.


UN agriculture agency to support land reforms at core of Colombia’s new peace deal

08 December 2016 – With millions of Colombian farmers affected by the violent conflict that plagued the Latin American country for more than 50 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will support a comprehensive rural reform strategy, aimed at strengthening food security and peace, including measures which address issues of land access and restitution.


UN agencies sign agreement on purchasing ‘greener’ health commodities

08 December 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other United Nations and international agencies in a new agreement that will lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement of health commodities.