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37 stories found over the past 45 days
At UN meteorological forum, experts meet to discuss post-2015 action plan, climate change

25 May 2015 – With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming.


Nepal: UN health agency marks one month since devastating earthquake as it ramps up aid

22 May 2015 – Nearly one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, flattening large swathes of the country’s Kathmandu valley and affecting millions of people, the United Nations health agency is continuing its emergency response aimed at saving lives and addressing the urgent health needs of the Himalayan nation.


On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development, eradicating poverty

22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.


2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.


Nepal: UN underscores need to act now before monsoon rains risk further disaster

21 May 2015 – As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, United Nations humanitarian workers and their partners are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains before the monsoon rains hit and further complicate logistics.


In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

15 May 2015 – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.


‘Emergency relief is never enough,’ says Ban, urging UN to help Nepal build back better

15 May 2015 – Over the past three weeks, the lives of eight million Nepalese people has been “changed beyond recognition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations General Assembly today, as he called on the international community to rally in support of the country and invest for the long haul so that it can sustain itself as it recovers and rebuilds from a devastating earthquake.


Haiti: senior UN official says cholera outbreak needs ‘urgent attention’

14 May 2015 – The cholera outbreak in Haiti remains the largest in recent world history, according to the United Nations official coordinating the Organization’s cholera response in the country, yet the health crisis has fallen off the international agenda after having ceased appearing in the media.


New UN report calls for economic inclusivity to drive growth in Asia-Pacific region

14 May 2015 – While developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to fare well in comparison to the rest of the world, structural weaknesses, like infrastructure shortages and excessive dependence on commodities will continue to hamper their growth potential, a new United Nations report on the region says, calling for greater economic inclusivity if sustainable development is to succeed.


Nepal’s emergency preparedness saved lives in earthquake aftermath – UN health agency

13 May 2015 – The emergency preparedness efforts implemented by the Government of Nepal over the past 15 years have ensured that key elements of the health sector remained ready and able to function during the recent earthquake that devastated large swathes of the mountainous country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.