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17 stories found over the past 45 days
Governments make strong commitments to biodiversity at UN conference in Mexico

19 December 2016 – Countries attending the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Mexico reached agreements on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.


Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is ‘all too real,’ Ban warns in opinion piece

16 December 2016 – Given the scale of the disaster in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and the international community must step up to their responsibility to the help the country’s people, who have suffered through three years of bloody conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek.


UNICEF partners with the Government of Malawi to test first humanitarian drone in Africa

15 December 2016 – In cooperation with the Government of Malawi, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will establish an air corridor and use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), known as drones, for humanitarian purposes, the agency announced today.


UN campaign previews hub in Germany to drive action on Sustainable Development Agenda

15 December 2016 – Together with the Government of Germany, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the Global Campaign Center in Bonn, a new hub that will deliver on the Campaign’s mandate to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


UN rights chief urges establishment of hybrid court for atrocities in South Sudan

14 December 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the African Union to quickly establish the hybrid court for South Sudan to investigate and prosecute those bearing criminal responsibility for the atrocities.


In Vienna, Ban visits fusion restaurant that exemplifies ‘togetherness’ of refugees and locals

08 December 2016 – During his trip to Vienna, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited a restaurant where refugees work together with locals to serve Austrian-Arab fusion cuisine, using this opportunity to showcase the UN system-wide initiative to counter xenophobia launched in September.


EU-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons campaign supports crisis-affected youth with schooling

06 December 2016 – Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly two million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).