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10 stories found over the past 45 days
Diary from Syria: An eyewitness account of broken families, grief and survival

12 August 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports more than 4 million people inside Syria with food assistance. Heading its operation there since December last year is Swiss national Jakob Kern.


UN convoys reach thousands affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine

05 August 2016 – For the first time in five months, convoys from the United Nations refugee agency have reached non-Government controlled areas in Luhansk, in the easternmost part of Ukraine, carrying much- needed construction materials, kitchen sets and items for use in winter for thousands of people affected by the conflict.


E-government a powerful tool to implement global sustainability goals, UN survey finds

03 August 2016 – A new United Nations report has found that e-government is an effective tool for facilitating integrated policies and public service by promoting accountable and transparent institutions, such as through open data and participatory decision-making, and therefore it has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


‘If you want to protect your image, protect children,’ Ban tells debate on war-affected children

02 August 2016 – With children continuing to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to back their words with concrete actions to end such violations.


UN warns of more heatwave deaths as climate change pushes up temperatures

28 July 2016 – Warning of a possible rise in heatwave deaths due to climate change, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today called for measures to reduce mortality from this natural hazard.


On Nelson Mandela Day, UN urges action that inspires change for a better world

18 July 2016 – As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, United Nations officials and UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder today paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker's tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all.


Some 1,400 stuck at Hungarian-Serbian border amid dire conditions, UN refugee agency warns

15 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern about a new restrictive law at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and urged Hungarian authorities to investigate reports of abuse and violence in transit zones and bitten by unleashed police dogs.


Yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated from India – UN health agency

14 July 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the elimination of yaws, and maternal and neonatal tetanus, to India and hailed its public health achievements as examples to other countries.


FEATURE: Eradication of Yaws, disease that ‘begins where roads end,’ is within sight, says WHO doctor in new film

12 July 2016 – When Dr. Oriol Mitjà, a Spanish technical adviser for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, he expected to stay only a month. But after meeting hundreds of children covered in debilitating lesions, he stayed on, found a cure for their ailment, and spurred an international campaign that, if successful, will lead to the eradication of only the second disease in history.


UN-backed partnership, support fund launched to end violence against children

12 July 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership and fund were launched today to make achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children a public priority and a collective responsibility.