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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Afghan civilian casualties hit half-year record, with 5,166 dead or maimed – UN

25 July 2016 – In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published today shows.


Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union; reiterates concern at South Sudan crisis

21 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.


UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence

20 July 2016 – A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency today decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India.


Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

18 July 2016 – An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.


Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists – UN agency

15 July 2016 – New data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end.


On Youth Skills Day, Ban urges more investment to assist the 'working poor' and jobless

15 July 2016 – With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day today.


New UN study estimates 263 million children and youth now out of school

15 July 2016 – The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest rates of exclusion.


UN-backed partnership, support fund launched to end violence against children

12 July 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership and fund were launched today to make achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children a public priority and a collective responsibility.


Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.


'Monster' El Niño subsides but impact on children set to worsen as disease, malnutrition spread – UNICEF

08 July 2016 – While the 2015-2016 El Niño – one of the strongest on record – has ended, its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed today.