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Paris accord faces ‘first test’ at meeting on climate adaptation funding – UN rights expert

13 May 2016 – The signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement face the first test of their commitment when they meet in Bonn, Germany, next week to negotiate a new mechanism to fund climate adaptation projects, which often displaced indigenous and other communities, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


In Portugal, Ban urges end of ‘horrible’ war in Syria in meeting with Syrian students

12 May 2016 – As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the “horrible” war.


Weak world economic growth lingers, with only modest improvement seen – UN

12 May 2016 – With little prospects for a turnaround in 2016, growth in the world economy remains weak, posing a challenge to the implementation of development targets, a new United Nations report released today has found.


UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

12 May 2016 – Stronger partnerships between the United Nations and African regional and sub-regional organizations are necessary to sustain the momentum for peacebuilding in Africa and prevent a lapse into violent conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, calling for greater efforts to reinforce initiatives and define the parameters of cooperation.


UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

12 May 2016 – More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), with populations in low-income cities the most at risk for respiratory diseases and other long-term health problems.


‘New hope’ for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients announced by UN health agency

12 May 2016 – New recommendations from the United Nations’ health agency aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen.


UN envoy urges South Sudan to implement pledges to address sexual violence crimes

11 May 2016 – Concluding a four-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has urged high-level authorities of the Transitional Government of National Unity to implement commitments made to address sexual violence crimes.


Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda

11 May 2016 – Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.


‘Poverty and fear do not require a passport to travel’ – UN alliance with Nobel laureates

11 May 2016 – The United Nations’ agricultural agency has joined forces with a group of Nobel laureates to tackle the problems of hunger and violence through a new alliance launched in Rome today.


In Madagascar, Ban calls for end to corruption, reports on ‘alarming’ cost of hunger

11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.