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57 stories found over the past 45 days
Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UN

10 October 2017 – People spend a large proportion of time at work, where experiences there factor into their overall wellbeing, the United Nations said on World Mental Health Day, noting that depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively.


Global unemployment passes 200 million in 2017, UN labour agency reports

09 October 2017 – More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the United Nations labour agency said Monday, calling for policies that can recharge “sluggish” growth of small and medium-sized businesses.


Mali: Security Council urges parties to adopt timeline for implementing peace agreement

06 October 2017 – The Security Council today expressed a deep concern over the persistent delays in fully implementing key provisions of the peace agreement between the Government of Mali and the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups, urging the parties to adopt an agreed-upon timeline for implementation.


UN seeks more funds to assist Rohingya amid world's fastest growing refugee crisis

06 October 2017 – United Nations agencies are seeking more funds to cope with the mass exodus of people fleeing violence in Myanmar into Bangladesh, which the top UN aid official described the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.


Group's Nobel Peace Prize win spotlights need to end 'nuclear nightmare' says UN chief

06 October 2017 – Congratulating the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded today the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, top United Nations officials said that the recognition is a reminder of the need to grim threats posed by such weapons to humanity.


Asylum and refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best,’ says senior UN official

05 October 2017 – Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief today stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda.


Counselling and dieting among new UN health agency guidelines on child obesity

04 October 2017 – An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, United Nations health experts warned today, launching new guidelines to tackle what they call a global epidemic.


Affordable housing key for development and social equality, UN says on World Habitat Day

02 October 2017 – With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting the need for affordable homes on today's World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of 'Urban October' – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens' engagement in urban life.


World has 'every interest' in better managed migration – senior UN official

28 September 2017 – The world has every interest in managing migration better, given the expanding global population and the huge increase in people on the move.


Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya ‘just tip of the iceberg’ – UN agency

28 September 2017 – Warning that the horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing unrest in Myanmar could be “just the tip of the iceberg,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored the need to ensure that such violence is prevented and called for additional resources so that it can reach all those in need of assistance.