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In Paraguay, UN chief sets sights on post-2015 development agenda

25 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Paraguay to join forces with the United Nations and forge ahead in framing the post-2015 agenda for a new generation of sustainable development goals, noting that the country had “an important role to play across the board.”


Cutting crime 'manifestly important' to sustainable development, UN Assembly told

25 February 2015 – Reducing violent crime is critical to sustainable development, the top United Nations anti-crime official told the General Assembly today, spotlighting that while global progress has been made in combatting the scourge, homicide levels in low and lower-middle income countries have increased by 10 per cent over the last decade.


UN health agency ‘taken aback’ as measles resurfaces in Europe, calls for widespread vaccination

25 February 2015 – European policymakers, healthcare workers, and parents must step up their efforts to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak across the continent, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, warning that a recent resurgence in the disease threatened Europe’s goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2015.


Myanmar ‘needs urgently to get back on track’ – UN rights chief

25 February 2015 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today warned that Myanmar “seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track” in a crucial year for the country's democratic transition and long-term reconciliation.


UN health agency launches billion dollar appeal to tackle soaring needs in four crisis-torn countries

24 February 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria.


With millions ‘seriously at risk,’ UN launches humanitarian appeal for Ukraine

24 February 2015 – The enormous humanitarian needs of the people of Ukraine have intensified since January this year, outstripping local capacities, the United Nations’ top official in Ukraine said today as the international community launched a new humanitarian appeal for the country.


Central African Republic: surge in violence triggers new displacement, including into DR Congo

24 February 2015 – An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today.


In West Africa, UN launches improved fish drying technique to save lives and environment

24 February 2015 – A newly developed fish drying technology is improving food quality and saving lives in West Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today as it launched its effort to boost food safety and working conditions across the region.


UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to ‘smart’ syringes that disable after single use

23 February 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.


UN health agency approves rapid test for Ebola as decline in cases appears to level off

20 February 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has approved for use a rapid diagnostic test kit for Ebola that can provide results in 15 minutes and correctly identify 92 percent of patients infected by the disease that has killed more than 9,400 people, mainly in West Africa.