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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Pope Francis calls for strong climate agreement during visit to UN office in Nairobi

26 November 2015 – During a visit to UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the upcoming UN climate change conference (COP21), stating that transforming current development models is a "political and economic obligation."

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 – UNICEF

26 November 2015 – Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls with quality education and a host of other protective services.

UN urges 'zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership' to end violence against women and girls

25 November 2015 – Ending gender-based violence is a top priority for achieving the United Nations founding mission of peace, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, noting his specific concerns about rising violent extremism and its impact on women and girls, and calling for global collective action to end the scourge.

‘Orange the World’ campaign kicks off efforts to end violence against women and girls – UN

24 November 2015 – From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide.

UNAIDS: millions receiving HIV treatment globally through accelerated and focused response

24 November 2015 – Citing “extraordinary” progress in HIV prevention and response in the last 15 years, a new United Nations report found that many countries are adopting the Fast-Track Strategy developed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which allows more people to receive timely treatment for HIV, in an effort to end AIDS by 2030, as part of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

On Universal Children’s Day, UN says world remains ‘deeply unfair’ place for children

20 November 2015 – Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations today highlighted that the world remains a “deeply unfair” place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 26 years ago today.

With new ratification, UN protocol on ending modern slavery edges closer to entry into force

19 November 2015 – With the ratification by Norway, following a similar action by Niger, of the International Labour Organization (ILO) protocol on forced labour, a significant step has been taken towards ending the scourge, as the agency’s binding instruments generally provide that an adopted protocol only comes into force 12 months after being ratified by two member States.

Governments, tech companies commit to protecting children from online sexual exploitation – UNICEF

17 November 2015 – At the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in Abu Dhabi, leading information technology companies, governments and international organizations today pledged to protect millions of children from online sexual exploitation, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.

'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

16 November 2015 – More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.