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22 stories found over the past 45 days
UN Assembly President rings Nasdaq bell; sounds alarm on behalf of world's endangered ocean

21 August 2017 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.


Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

17 August 2017 – As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.


Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

16 August 2017 – A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.


Protecting indigenous peoples' rights 'is protecting everyone's rights' – UN

09 August 2017 – Ten years after the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, progress in several countries has been made in formally recognizing indigenous peoples, but overwhelmingly they continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights.


UN, Government join forces to boost Somalia's drought response capacity

04 August 2017 – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the United Nations migration and development entities are helping the Horn of Africa country enhance its national drought response capacity.


Organizational reform moves ahead as Guterres receives proposals on a strengthened UN-Habitat

03 August 2017 – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability.


Adopting new resolution, UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists' access to weapons

02 August 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.”


Venezuela: UN rights office urges all parties to refrain from violence amid protests over weekend polls

31 July 2017 – The United Nations human rights office has expressed regret that at least 10 people died in Venezuela over the weekend amid clashes between security forces and protestors opposing the Constituent Assembly elections, a spokesman for the Secretary-General said today.


UN joins international community to salute park rangers' dedication and commitment

31 July 2017 – Park rangers across the world face increasing challenges and risks due to a surge in poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife, the head of the United Nations entity on protection of endangered species today said, honouring the work of park rangers in protecting wild animals, plants and culture.


Venezuela: UN rights wing urges calm ahead of controversial weekend polls

28 July 2017 – The United Nations human rights office expressed deep concern today at the risk of further violence in Venezuela, where elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro are due to be held on Sunday.