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Gender equality is ‘critical ingredient’ in fight against poverty and hunger – UN agriculture chief

16 December 2016 – The fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition is not possible without gender equality and women empowerment, José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in Rome, where he called for more efforts to ensure that rural women, “the backbone of our work in agriculture,” enjoy a level playing field.


Central African Republic: Arbitrary killings, sexual violence cited in new UN human rights report

14 December 2016 – Central African Republic: Arbitrary killings, sexual violence cited in new UN human rights report Violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Central African Republic (CAR), which include arbitrary killings, sexual violence and inhuman treatment, continue to plague the country, according to a United Nations report published today.


‘Children are the world’s hope for a better future,’ says UNICEF chief, marking agency’s 70th anniversary

13 December 2016 – Celebrities and advocates came together last night to honour UNICEF’s 70 years of advocacy for children around the world at an event in New York that included conversations with Goodwill Ambassadors and musical performances.


UN agency urges investing in agriculture science and technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target

13 December 2016 – The United Nations announced today at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research.


Conflict threatens decades of progress for children in Middle East, North Africa – UNICEF

12 December 2016 – Although countries across the Middle East and North Africa have made major strides in protecting children’s rights and wellbeing since the inception of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 70 years ago, conflict risks reversing these gains for 157 million children in the region.


PHOTO FEATURE: António Guterres: An illustrious career serving others

11 December 2016 – Portugal's António Guterres will soon take the reigns as the UN Secretary-General, having been appointed by the United Nations General Assembly, on 13 October 2016. He will serve for a five-year period, ending 31 December 2021.


‘The price of no change is unacceptable’ – UN and civil society global campaigns aim to end violence against women

10 December 2016 – A global effort to end violence against women is now underway: 16 days of activism began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against and will continue through 10 December, Human Rights Day galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.


UN interagency operation provides vital aid to 42,000 people in eastern Mosul

09 December 2016 – Joint efforts by three United Nations agencies – the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – saw over 42,000 people in eastern Mosul receive food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, and baby hygiene kits yesterday, marking the largest humanitarian aid delivery since the beginning of the current conflict.


In Vienna, Ban visits fusion restaurant that exemplifies ‘togetherness’ of refugees and locals

08 December 2016 – During his trip to Vienna, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited a restaurant where refugees work together with locals to serve Austrian-Arab fusion cuisine, using this opportunity to showcase the UN system-wide initiative to counter xenophobia launched in September.


'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official

07 December 2016 – Returning from a mission to Aleppo, a senior United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) official in Syria described “haunting images” of children killed by mortars and malnourishment, and said that the terrible situation “continues to plummet to even greater lows.”