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Lift in global economy prompts opportunities to tackle deep-rooted development issues – UN

11 December 2017 – A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects.


On International Day, UN agency urges greater investment for sustainable agriculture in mountains

11 December 2017 – On International Mountain Day, the United Nations food security agency has called for greater focus on sustainable agriculture in highland regions around the globe to better respond to climate change impacts and migration challenges.


UN emergency response fund secures $383 million in donor pledges for 2018

08 December 2017 – Thirty-six donors pledged $383 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – at a pledging conference for 2018 held in New York on Friday.


DR Congo: Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais to brink of catastrophe, UN agency warns

07 December 2017 – An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday.


Somalia Partnership Forum stresses job creation and poverty reduction to promote stability

05 December 2017 – A gathering of senior representatives of the Somali Government, the United Nations and the international community concluded in Mogadishu today with a call for greater investment in the country’s economic development to create more job opportunities, rehabilitate essential infrastructure, and improve the living conditions of the Somali people.


UN chief calls for end to all armed clashes, airstrikes in Yemen

03 December 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the parties to the conflict in Yemen to cease all air and ground assaults, expressing deep concern about the “sharp escalation” of armed clashes and airstrikes in the capital, Sana'a, and other parts of the war-torn country over the past several days.


Remove physical, cultural barriers; build inclusive societies 'for, by and with persons with disabilities' – UN

03 December 2017 – Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations has said.


Yemen: As threat of famine looms, UN urges Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Red Sea ports

02 December 2017 – Top officials from across the United Nations system called on Saturday for the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift its blockade of Yemen's Red Sea ports, warning that unless commercial imports are resumed, “the threat of widespread famine in a matter of months is very real.”


UN relief wing appeals for record $22.5 billion in aid for 2018

01 December 2017 – A record level of aid funding – more than $22.5 billion – is needed to deliver lifesaving assistance around the world in 2018, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Friday.


UN chief reiterates support for two-state solution in Middle East; vows to denounce anti-Semitism

28 November 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated that he would continue to work to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a two-state solution, and vowed to denounce hate speech aimed at Israelis.