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110 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Speaking with UN peacekeepers in Liberia, South Sudan and Central African Republic

27 May 2016 – Dr. Catherine Buzmion-Cheong, a United Nations peacekeeper, was working in Liberia when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the West African nation.


In Japan, Ban calls on G7 to back global goals, climate action, UN humanitarian response efforts

27 May 2016 – Addressing world leaders at an event on the side lines of the G-7 meeting currently under way in Nagoya, Japan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the gathering to remain focused on key UN and global priorities: climate change; humanitarian action, refugees and migrants; global health; and the Sustainable Development Goals.


UN refugee agency begins delivering supplies to families escaping besieged Fallujah

27 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is delivering emergency relief supplies to families who managed to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah over the past few days.


LDCs: UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess progress made since 2011

27 May 2016 – A United Nations conference focused on the world's least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States' progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development.


‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

26 May 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed today the need for Member States to redouble efforts at prevention – whether to combat climate change, build resilience or address potential conflict flashpoints before they reach a tipping point.


Attacks on health care and medical personnel in crises occur with ‘alarming frequency’ – UN

26 May 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report today that attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine long-term health development goals.


UN health agency launches programme for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies

26 May 2016 – At the World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva this week, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to establish a new Health Emergencies Programme that will add operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies that complement the health agency’s traditional technical and normative roles.


UN envoy for Syria tells Security Council peace talks will resume ‘as soon as feasible’

26 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Syria today told the Security Council that he intends to begin the next round of intra-Syrian talks “as soon as feasible, but certainly not within the next two to three weeks,’ the Organization reported today.


Iraq: civilians in besieged Fallujah at ‘extreme risk,’ senior UN humanitarian official warns

26 May 2016 – Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in the city of Fallujah –which has been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) for more than two years – are at extreme risk, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq has said.


‘We have an opportunity in the next 15 to 20 years to really change our world’ – UN envoy for the least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years.