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‘The future demands of us critical and global decisions’ Pope Francis tells UN General Assembly

25 September 2015 – Pope Francis delivered a wide-ranging address before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly today, urging global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of "vast ranks of the excluded," saying that “human beings take precedence over partisan interests.”

Thousands of women on the move in Europe need reproductive healthcare – UN

22 September 2015 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today stressed the need to ensure women refugees and migrants moving across Europe have access to life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare, as it appealed for $4.2 million for humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF and Goodwill Ambassador Shakira urge leaders to join early childhood revolution

22 September 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its Goodwill Ambassador and international pop star Shakira urged global leaders today to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in understanding the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.

Head of UN economic and social forum says women's rights will be enhanced by new sustainability goals

22 September 2015 – Addressing today a high-level gathering at United Nations Headquarters, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) declared that the empowerment of women and the full realization of their human rights are essential for achieving sustainable development and for building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

No country has yet achieved equality between men and women – UN human rights chief

15 September 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today that no country to date has achieved full equality between the sexes and urged the 47 members of the Human Rights Council “to do better than our societies” and make a real difference in achieving gender parity.

Afghan refugee teacher honoured with UN award for tireless efforts to educate girls

15 September 2015 – Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has been named as the winner of the United Nations annual Nansen Award.

Celebrities join UNICEF and Global Goals to launch ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ on sustainable development

04 September 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Goals campaign today launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.

Civilians in Syria suffering ‘a living tragedy’ with no end in sight, UN human rights expert warns

03 September 2015 – With nearly half Syria’s population now displaced or made refugees by a “protracted and chaotic” conflict, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today warned that while the world watches, civilians, Syrians of all backgrounds, are being subjected to war crimes, as well as other gross violations of their human rights.

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

28 August 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

28 August 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.