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10 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Don’t let adults off the hook, keep raising your voices;’ Kids ‘take over’ UN for World Children’s Day

20 November 2017 – It’s official, kids have taken over… at least for today – World Children’s Day – celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and also saw young people take over roles in government, media, and even at the United Nations, to raise awareness about issues important to them.


UN, partners building roads to reach Rohingya refugees camped in muddy, flood-prone terrain

10 November 2017 – The United Nations migration agency and its partners are rushing to build roads in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar to improve humanitarian access to hilly terrain, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have settled in makeshift camps.


Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have 'grave' impact on population, UN warns

08 November 2017 – Recent escalation of fighting in close proximity of critical infrastructure and services in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, could endanger over a million lives, the top United Nations official in the country has warned.


One-third of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh vulnerable, UN agency finds

07 November 2017 – The innovative data collection technology employed by the United Nations refugee agency for the first stage of Rohingya family counting in Bangladesh has revealed a worrying statistic: one-third of the refugee population is vulnerable.


UN experts sound alarm on mounting rights concerns in Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

30 October 2017 – More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island remains without an effective emergency response, a group of United Nations human rights experts warned on Monday, as they called on United States and Puerto Rican authorities to remove regulatory and financial barriers to reconstruction and recovery.


Don’t let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea – UN expert

27 October 2017 – The international security crisis over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) must not overshadow the human rights situation of millions of ordinary citizens in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has said.


UN report outlines path towards closing gender gap, realizing reproductive health rights

17 October 2017 – Vast inequalities threaten economies, communities and nations, trapping people in a cycle of poverty and marginalization, the United Nations said on Tuesday in a new report that outlines 10 actions countries can take on the path towards equality.


UN ramps up aid delivery amid surge of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

13 October 2017 – The speed and scale of people fleeing Myanmar has triggered a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving needs, says the United Nations migration agency.


Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UN

10 October 2017 – People spend a large proportion of time at work, where experiences there factor into their overall wellbeing, the United Nations said on World Mental Health Day, noting that depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively.


UN concerned for safety of more than five million displaced in northern Iraq

09 October 2017 – As the Iraqi offensive in and near Hawija in Kirkuk Governorate is drawing to a close, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners expressed deep concern on Monday for the safety of civilian populations in the region.