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New UN health agency report cites measures to reduce risks from climate pollutants

22 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today spotlighted the need to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change and lead to more than 7 million deaths linked to air pollution each year.

South Sudan: UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent ‘catastrophe’

22 October 2015 – Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

At Security Council, heads of main UN bodies highlight ‘mutually reinforcing’ areas of concern

20 October 2015 – During a debate on the working methods of the Security Council, the President of the General Assembly, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General and the Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) emphasized the need for continued and improved interaction between the main bodies of the United Nations.

Economic and Social Council ‘stands ready’ to lead on achieving UN 2030 Agenda, says President

19 October 2015 – The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today highlighted key messages and results drawn from the Council’s 2015 session and called for comprehensive and integrated policies to effectively achieve the recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as he presented the body’s annual report to the UN member States.

Welcoming Myanmar ceasefire, UNICEF says accord must cover 'every child, wherever they live'

19 October 2015 – While the recent ceasefire agreement between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of eight ethnic armed groups marks an historic step for children in Myanmar who have suffered from some of the longest running civil conflicts in the world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remains concerned for an estimated 1.8 million children who are not covered by the accord.

UN report calls for urgent response to harness Asia-Pacific’s rapid urban transformation

19 October 2015 – Warning of unprecedented shifts in population in urban areas of the Asia and Pacific – already home to 17 of the world’s megacities, with populations exceeding 10 million – the United Nations today launched a new report that highlights the region’s urban transformation progress and underscores the urgent need to make it more sustainable.

UN envoy calls for concerted efforts to eliminate bullying in all regions

16 October 2015 – Speaking at a panel discussion on protecting children from bullying, the United Nations envoy on violence against children said bullying is a “serious concern” for millions of children all over the world and it is compromising their right to education.