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Two years after super typhoon in Philippines, UNICEF lauds 'tremendous' recovery efforts

08 November 2015 – On the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has commended the significant progress made in recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, but remains concerned about the unmet needs of children and their families, some still living in temporary housing.

Amid rising global humanitarian needs, UN relief chief encouraged by stronger aid partnership with Russia

07 November 2015 – Wrapping up his first official visit to the Russian Federation, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien hailed Russia's “vital and strategic role” as a Member State actively engaged in global and multilateral relief efforts and emergency expertise.

Marking agency’s 70th anniversary, UNESCO chief urges commitment for ‘new humanism’

04 November 2015 – Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a report to its 38th General Conference, which kicked off at the threshold of the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the agency’s chief looked back on past achievements while appealing for enhanced cooperation from member States to address UNESCO’s priorities and tackle the current challenges.

‘Climate change knows no national borders,’ Ban says, urging consensus-building ahead of Paris conference

04 November 2015 – With the “deadline” for concluding a universal climate agreement just four weeks away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that despite months of talks and critical pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, key issues still remain in play – on equity and differentiation, on finance and ambition – requiring world leaders to give clear guidance to their negotiators to seek compromise and reach a fair, universal deal at the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris

Yemen: as cyclone weakens, UN warns more than 1 million people could be impacted by flooding

04 November 2015 – While the United Nations is reporting that Cyclone Chapala – the rare tropical storm that slammed into Yemen’s southern coast yesterday, dumping perhaps a year’s worth of rain in some areas – is expected to weaken to a tropical depression over the next 12 hours, the immediate concern remains the welfare of an estimated 1 million people, mainly in the two governorates of Shabwah and Hadramaut.

Powerful cyclone Chapala headed towards war-torn Yemen, warns UN

02 November 2015 – A strong and rare tropical cyclone, named Chapala, is heading towards the southern coasts of Oman and Yemen and is expected to make landfall on the eastern provinces of Hadramout and Shabwa in war-torn Yemen early Tuesday, the United Nations warned today.

UN treaty-making body opens with focus on rapidly expanding radiocommunications

02 November 2015 – The United Nations World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 opened today in Geneva aiming to address the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT), to ensure the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, and to enable people to live and travel safely while enjoying high performance radiocommunications.

UN officials say good urban design key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive cities

30 October 2015 – On the occasion of World Cities Day, top United Nations officials are highlighting the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous cities and human settlements.

Disaster risk reduction ‘core development priority’ of Asia and the Pacific – UN regional body

30 October 2015 – Building resilience in the face of natural disasters is “not a choice, but rather a collective imperative,” the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) declared today, as it called on all government agencies to take on disaster risk reduction as a priority and make it an integral part of sustainable development in the region.

Health and safety of women and children in disaster-prone areas ‘must be a priority,’ says UN relief wing

29 October 2015 – Disaster response specialists, including from the United Nations and other organizations, gathered in Suva, Fiji this week for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting, where the focus has been on high rates of preventable mortality and morbidity among women and children in the disaster-prone region.