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12 stories found over the past 45 days
Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled

05 May 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention today to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.


UN launches #SaveKidsLives campaign to boost road safety for children

04 May 2015 – Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations warned today as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children.


Eight months after Gaza war, ‘not a single home has been rebuilt’ – UN agency

23 April 2015 – Nearly eight months after the ceasefire that ended the most recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in the enclave, according to the United Nations agency mandated with ensuring the well-being of Palestine refugees.


Ahead of World Immunization Week, UN warns global vaccination targets ‘far off track’

22 April 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization today warned that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is “far off track,” with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.


At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

21 April 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community “in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve” against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.


Accurate and timely data vital to post-2015 agenda, says UN Assembly President

17 April 2015 – At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.


Ban calls on world’s athletes to help bolster emerging new UN sustainability agenda

15 April 2015 – Hailing the immense power of sport to make the world a better, more tolerant place for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all sportsmen and women to throw their energy into advocating the new sustainable development agenda currently being crafted by United Nations Member States.


UN agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises

08 April 2015 – With global crises on the rise, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that its new registration system will enable it to build a global roster of foreign medical response teams ready to deploy in response to tsunamis, typhoons, floods and outbreaks, such as Ebola and cholera.


On International Day, UN underlines role of sport in promoting development, peace

06 April 2015 – On the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace today, top United Nations officials stressed the important role that sport can play in achieving sustainable progress and change.


Ban launches ‘call to action’ inviting commitments from businesses to employ people with autism

02 April 2015 – At a special event at United Nations Headquarters to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for greater access and work opportunities for persons with autism, saying that while much progress had been made, much more work was needed.