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15 stories found over the past 45 days
World must prioritize social protection as primary development tool, urge UN and World Bank

30 June 2015 – Now it is time for universal social protection to ensure no one is left behind, the heads of the International Labour Organization and the World Bank declared today, noting that universal primary education became a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, and 12 years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing universal health coverage.


Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

30 June 2015 – United Nations agencies tracking access to water and sanitation targets against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) warned today that the lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water.


Greek islands under ‘tremendous strain’ as hundreds of refugees arrive daily – UN

16 June 2015 – More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year, with hundreds arriving every day in inflatable dinghies and wooden boats, putting a “tremendous strain” on the communities that receive them and worsening conditions for the new arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


An age-old model of healthy living, the Mediterranean diet is now under threat – UN

11 June 2015 – The Mediterranean region is undergoing a “nutrition transition” away from its traditional diet, long revered as a model for healthy living and sustainable food systems and known for preserving the environment and empowering local producers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.


Migrant arrivals in Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN refugee agency

10 June 2015 – Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean so far in 2015 have moved above 100,000, with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands, the United Nations refugee agency has confirmed.


The way cities are planned, run and managed is crucial for development – UN deputy chief

09 June 2015 – In his address to the World Cities Summit in New York today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called on global leaders to adapt to the demographic and cultural shift that is taking place in cities worldwide in order to make them economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially vibrant.


UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities

09 June 2015 – Empowering persons with disabilities and securing their rights will advance society as a whole, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he urged strengthening global cooperation and partnership on the matter at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Iraq: lack of funding for UN-led relief efforts leaves country on ‘verge of collapse’

08 June 2015 – Crisis-torn Iraq, one of the world’s most severe emergencies, is on the verge of collapse because of a lack of funding could force the closure of more than half the relief operations in the country over the coming weeks, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned.


Child victims of violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia rarely get justice – new UN report

03 June 2015 – Most child victims of violence in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia find themselves unable to speak up and file charges in court, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional report launched today.


After 65 years, UN agency remains ‘vital stabilizing factor’ for Palestine refugees in Middle East – Ban

02 June 2015 – Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to serve others.