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As new UN development agency advocate, ‘Game of Thrones’ actor shows poverty the ‘red card’

19 September 2016 – Globally acclaimed Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the 17 Global Goals known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, agreed last year by world leaders to tackle our planet’s toughest challenges by 2030.


World leaders at UN summit adopt 'bold' plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

19 September 2016 – With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations today to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.


UN chief urges global support for plan to unlock biggest expansion of educational opportunity in history

18 September 2016 – For too long, quality education has been accessible to the privileged few, but as people become more interdependent, quality education and lifelong learning must be available to all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, declaring education a “human right and universal good” at the launch of a United Nations-backed report setting out a plan for the largest expansion of education opportunity in history.


Ban hails UN-backed fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria as partnership model for Global Goals

17 September 2016 – Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Yazidi survivor of ISIL’s human trafficking appointed UN Goodwill Envoy for victims

16 September 2016 – Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.


Number of South Sudan refugees passes one million – UN

16 September 2016 – As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Nearly 47 per cent of global population now online – UN report

15 September 2016 – Even though China and India are now the largest Internet markets on the planet, they are also among the six countries that together account for 55 per cent of the global ‘offline’ population, according to a new report of a United Nations commission.


New UN report reveals millions of refugee children ‘missing out’ on education

15 September 2016 – In a new report, the United Nations refugee agency said that more than some six million school-age children under its mandate have no school go to and that refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.


UN health agency calls for multi-sectoral approach to deal with 'double burden' of malnutrition in south-east Asia

07 September 2016 – While announcing a strategic action plan to deal with the issue, the United Nations health agency today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across south-east Asia, particularly women and girls.