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52 stories found over the past 45 days
Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’ – UN chief

22 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United Nations.


Sustainable Energy for All 2015 – 'Converting commitments to kilowatts '

22 May 2015 – More than a billion people – one in five globally – lack electricity to light their homes or conduct business, according to a recent World Bank report. Nearly three billion rely on dangerous, polluting fuels – such as wood, charcoal and animal dung – to cook and heat their homes.


On World Day, UN warns global cultural diversity ‘under attack’

21 May 2015 – As the planet’s cultural diversity comes under continued attack from militant groups espousing virulent forms of intolerance, the international community must fight back through openness and acceptance of the world’s myriad traditions, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.


Health services for Palestine refugees extended despite regional turmoil – UN agency

20 May 2015 – A newly published report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) spotlights improved health services being delivered to millions in five fields across the Middle East, despite pronounced challenges in the region.


UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau

20 May 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported “a substantial increase” in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border with Guinea-Bissau because of its proximity to a recent cluster of cases in a neighbouring Guinean prefecture.


Expert urges UN health agency to do more to protect people from toxic substances

20 May 2015 – The UN independent expert on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes today urged the World Health Organization to “play a much larger, more active role” in protecting people from the negative impacts of toxic pollution.


At high-level energy forum, UN deputy chief says action on sustainability a 'moral and historical duty'

20 May 2015 – The world is facing complex challenges regarding the future of sustainable energy which demand comprehensive and immediate solutions, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he delivered remarks to the General Assembly's Global Energy Ministerial Meeting.


UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

19 May 2015 – The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.


World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council

19 May 2015 – While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today.


As International Telecommunication Union turns 150, Ban hails ‘resilience’ of oldest UN agency

17 May 2015 – Marking 150 years since founding of oldest member in the United Nations system, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today applauded the continued resilience and relevance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), emphasizing that telecommunications – as well as information and communications technology (ICT) – drive innovation.