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New UN guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture

15 June 2015 – A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world's agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children globally, the United Nations agency announced today.

UN agency urges more funding to boost humanitarian aid to children in Sudan

12 June 2015 – Citing efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to children in Sudan who are affected by the war in South Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed the huge demand and urgency of receiving more financial support to continue its relief work in the Country.

UNICEF urges more funding for relief efforts in Ukraine targeting children affected by conflict

12 June 2015 – Ukraine’s children once again find themselves under threat amid renewed fighting across the country’s eastern regions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today as it warned about the growing challenges to accessibility facing the agency’s relief efforts.

On World Day, UN launches education appeal in fight against child labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment – a scourge that consumes over one hundred million children worldwide.

Coherent policy critical to tackling child labour, lack of decent jobs for youth – UN labour agency

11 June 2015 – Around 20 to 30 per cent of children in low income countries complete their schooling and enter the labour market by the age of 15, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report prepared for World Day against Child Labour which is marked worldwide tomorrow.

Women and girls in Africa ‘being left behind’ in fight against HIV/AIDS – UN report

10 June 2015 – Despite considerable advances made in the global response to the AIDS epidemic over the last several decades, young women and adolescent girls in Africa “are still being left behind,” according to a new joint report from the United Nations and the African Union.

UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities

09 June 2015 – Empowering persons with disabilities and securing their rights will advance society as a whole, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he urged strengthening global cooperation and partnership on the matter at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In Tajikistan, Ban highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

09 June 2015 – Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.

Iraq: lack of funding for UN-led relief efforts leaves country on ‘verge of collapse’

08 June 2015 – Crisis-torn Iraq, one of the world’s most severe emergencies, is on the verge of collapse because of a lack of funding could force the closure of more than half the relief operations in the country over the coming weeks, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned.

Addressing Economic and Social Council, UN deputy chief advocates ‘true global pact for development’

08 June 2015 – Experience in the past two decades, particularly the 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has shown the potential of a “true global pact for development,” the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today during a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Summit for Social Development.