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14 stories found over the past 45 days
Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert

25 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.


Burundi: one year into political crisis, UN agency warns thousands of people still fleeing country

22 April 2016 – One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country, warning that the number could increase by thousands throughout the year – unless a political solution is found and a civil war averted.


UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy

20 April 2016 – The United Nations health agency today launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma.


Greece: UN agency urges full hearings for stranded refugee and migrant children

08 April 2016 – With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reminding States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.


On World Health Day, UN urges global efforts to halt rise in diabetes

07 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Health Day with a strong call for stepping up global efforts to halt the rise in diabetes and improve the lives of those living with this dangerous but preventable and treatable disease.


‘We need to rethink our daily lives,’ warns UN health chief, urging action to halt rising tide of diabetes

06 April 2016 – The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, most living in developing countries, a “dramatic rise” mainly driven by overweight and obesity, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has announced ahead of World Health Day.


Sport plays essential role in advancing 2030 development agenda – UN

06 April 2016 – Sport has an essential role to play in supporting the achievement of the post-2015 development goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he observed the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.


Marking Autism Awareness Day, UN officials call for inclusive societies

01 April 2016 – On the eve of the World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations officials highlighted the contributions to humanity by people with autism, noting that shunning them is a “violation of human rights” and a “waste of human potential.”


UN report aims to equalize health conditions amidst exploding metro populations

31 March 2016 – With nearly 4 billion people living in cities and the urban population growing, there is an urgent need to address health disparities and identify creative ways to ensure universal health coverage, according to the United Nations agencies on health and urban development.


In Asia and Pacific, UN views sustainable development through demographic changes

30 March 2016 – Addressing youth unemployment, empowering women, supporting people with disabilities and an aging population were among the top issues discussed at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, at the first intergovernmental meeting since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on how to strengthen the social dimension of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.