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UN Data Forum opens in South Africa to harness power of data for sustainable development

15 January 2017 – The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum kicked off today in the South African city of Cape Town, bringing together more than 1,500 data experts from more than 100 countries, with the aim of building broad consensus on how to harness the power of data for sustainable development.


More than 90 per cent of children reaching Italy’s shores are separated or unaccompanied – UNICEF

13 January 2017 – Noting that the number of children arriving in Italy by themselves via the sea in 2016 more than doubled over the previous year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for urgent and special measures to protect them from trafficking, exploitation and abuse.


FEATURE: Number crunchers in the spotlight ahead of UN World Data Forum

13 January 2017 – The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum is set to kick off in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 January 2017, with the aim of increasing political and resource support for statistical capacity building worldwide.


INTERVIEW: Space technology can help create a better world – Simonetta Di Pippo, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

13 January 2017 – The heads of national space agencies, government officials and representatives from the space community worldwide are being challenged to get more women into the aerospace industry.


INTERVIEW: Robert Serry on the ‘Endless Quest’ for Middle East peace, reflections from no man’s land

10 January 2017 – The United Nation’s former point person for Middle East negotiations has said that Israelis and Palestinians need at least the prospects of a two-state solution, and urged the international community to create conditions for more effective discussions in the future.


UNICEF #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign promotes investments in early childhood development

10 January 2017 – Today marks the launch of a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) campaign, #EarlyMomentsMatter, aimed at raising awareness about the critical impact that early experiences have on children’s brain development during their first 1,000 days of life.


Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching, UN-supported study predicts

05 January 2017 – If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world's coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching – the gravest threat to one of the Earth's most important ecosystems – on annual basis, the United Nations environment agency today reported.


UN welcomes signing of political agreement on elections in DR Congo

31 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls.


UN experts criticize Ecuador’s ‘strategy to asphyxiate’ civil society human rights groups

30 December 2016 – Five United Nations human rights experts have condemned Ecuador for suppressing civil society following a Government order to close a non-governmental organization (NGO) that supports environmental and indigenous rights.


INTERVIEW: Stop dividing humanity into “us and them” – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

29 December 2016 – Jan Eliasson took up the job of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012, and while the post has been challenging, it has not proved daunting for the Swedish national – a veteran of international affairs, with decades of diplomatic experience in world capitals and conflicts.