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UN agency supporting French authorities in transferring refugees from Calais ‘Jungle’

25 October 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that it is assisting French authorities as they begin to close the refugee camp in Calais known as ‘the Jungle,” and “environment not fit for human habitation” and which highlights the need for greater responsibility sharing and coordination between European Union member States.

El Niño drives concentration of C02 in atmosphere to new high – UN weather agency

24 October 2016 – Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse gas monitoring station at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, the United Nations weather agency predicts that carbon dioxide concentrations will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations.

INTERVIEW: To be sustainable, cities should be more connected, inclusive and dynamic – ICAO chief

24 October 2016 – A Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between urban development and aviation was signed in Quito, Ecuador, during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

With ceasefire ‘largely holding’ in Yemen, UN refugee agency rushes in aid to embattled Taiz city

21 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the start of the cessation of hostilities that began at midnight, 19 October, while the UN refugee agency took advantage of the pause in fighting to rush desperately needed aid to the embattled south-central city of Taiz.

HABITAT III: UN conference agrees new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

20 October 2016 – A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.

Protecting people and planet from ‘invisible killer’ is focus of UN health campaign to tackle air pollution

20 October 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet.

Put ‘people, not cars’ first in transport systems, says UN Environment chief

20 October 2016 – Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure not only contributes to the deaths of millions of people in traffic accidents on unsafe roads and poorly designed roadways, but also overlooks a great opportunity to boost the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report said today.

Reforesting Kilimanjaro could ease East Africa's severe water shortages – UN

19 October 2016 – There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report urged today.

INTERVIEW: 'If we don’t act now, the future will not be in our hands' – UN rural development agency chief

17 October 2016 – As the world marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, one man who has spent many years working to end poverty among the world’s poorest populations is calling for action now, by investing more in the rural poor.

UN anti-crime chief urges better use of Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

17 October 2016 – Citing indisputable negative impacts of transnational organized crime on people’s lives and societies, the United Nations top anti-crime official today stressed the need to make better use of the existing global convention and its protocols to tackle this illicit act.