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22 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’

10 February 2016 – Atefah “Atti” Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times – a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.


UN officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human trafficking

09 February 2016 – While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said today, warning that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries.


Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years

08 February 2016 – Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered today at a special event at UN Headquarters to discuss ways of eliminating the harmful practice by 2030 and to celebrate the increased mobilization against it.


Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response – UN rights chief

05 February 2016 – Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today, following the advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns.


Senior UN officials urge elimination of ‘violent practice’ of female genital mutilation by 2030

05 February 2016 – The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.


With focus on cervical cancer, Ban says where people live should not determine chances of survival

04 February 2016 – Marking World Cancer Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that where a person lives should not determine if they develop a cancer or die from it, as he called to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue while also reducing the burden that millions face from all cancers.


At Cambridge, Ban says universality of human rights is key to preventing crises of 21st century

03 February 2016 – Warning of “a strong sense that that we are off track and in a deep mess,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world to move from a pattern of reaction to crises to a culture of prevention, with a heightened focus on the universality of human rights in tackling the “mega-crises” of the 21st century.


UN officials name countries whose troops are accused of sexually abusing minors in Central African Republic

29 January 2016 – Two senior United Nations officials today disclosed the names of some of the countries whose troops are accused of sexually exploiting and abusing minors in the Central African Republic (CAR), including both non-UN and UN forces tasked with maintaining peace and security in the conflict-torn nation.


Besieged Syrians ‘believe the world has forgotten them,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

27 January 2016 – With United Nations-backed political talks on Syria set to begin later this week, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, today urged the entire international community to get behind the process, which seeks to ease the suffering for millions of desperate people and end “one of the most savage and brutal conflicts of the 21st century.”


Delayed intra-Syrian talks, brokered by UN, to begin on Friday in ‘uphill’ bid for ceasefire

25 January 2016 – Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva today under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).