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Security Council fails to adopt resolution calling for ceasefire in Aleppo

05 December 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.


Banning Europe’s ‘dirty’ fuels, West African countries put people's health first – UN environment wing

05 December 2016 – Five West African nations are banning ‘dirty’ European fuels – exported fuels with higher sulphur levels – in response to concerns over vehicle emissions and in an effort to bring safer, cleaner air to more than 250 million people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham uses tattoos to show ‘brutal reality’ of child violence

05 December 2016 – Drawing attention to the physical and psychological abuse that leave an inedible mark on children’s lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a powerful new video illustrating the “all too common” forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham.


New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

05 December 2016 – Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries' economies, according to a United Nations report launched today.


'We urgently need healthy soils to ensure essential services they provide,' Ban says on World Soil Day

05 December 2016 – Marking World Soil Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of healthy soils, adding that “sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate.”


UN conference adopts 'Cancun Declaration,' ramping up efforts to protect world's biodiversity

04 December 2016 – More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.


Governments, businesses must integrate biodiversity into their practices to halt degradation, UN conference hears

02 December 2016 – The UN Biodiversity Conference today opened in Cancun, Mexico, with a call to governments and businesses to integrate biodiversity into their practices if countries are to halt further environmental degradation and ensure the well-being and prosperity of future generations.


Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


Iraq: ‘Staggering’ number of civilian casualties in November; Baghdad hardest hit, says UN

02 December 2016 – Last month, Iraq suffered thousands of deaths and injuries – including by a significant number of civilians – in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis ‘can no longer be ignored,’ UN says, launching $1 billion appeal

02 December 2016 – With the scale of human suffering in north-eastern Nigeria becoming clearer as the Government has pushed Boko Haram insurgents from more and more areas, the United Nations today launched a $1 billion funding appeal to address the needs of those in crisis, and announced that nearly 75 partner agencies are on standby to respond where areas are accessible.