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125 stories found over the past 45 days
‘No words left’ to describe suffering of children in Aleppo –UNICEF

28 September 2016 – Children in Aleppo are trapped in a “living nightmare,” a senior official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, stressing yet again, the direness of the situation, particularly for the children, in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo.


UN health agency declares elimination of measles in the Americas

28 September 2016 – The region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, the United Nations health agency has declared.


Ban calls on UN Security Council for decisive steps to end attacks on hospitals, medical staff

28 September 2016 – Denouncing a surge in “horrific attacks” on hospitals, clinics and medical staff, most recently in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council today to take decisive steps to end such obvious war crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.


Improved UN database spotlights huge global disparities in access to cancer care

28 September 2016 – A revamped global database launched today by the United Nations atomic agency highlights startling disparities across the world when it comes to access to treatment and care for cancer.


On World Day, UN urges rabies control beyond human and animal health services

28 September 2016 – Officials at the United Nations today urged human and animal health authorities around the world to step up and more effectively address rabies – a preventable but fatal disease that still claims the lives of an estimated 60,000 people each year – as the international community marks World Rabies Day.


UN rights experts urge Pakistan authorities to halt execution of man with disability

27 September 2016 – Four United Nations human rights experts today urged authorities in Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a man with a psychosocial disability, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards.


Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN experts

27 September 2016 – Warning that unsafe abortions kill nearly 50,000 women each year, United Nations human rights experts today called on States across the world to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services.


Mali: UN food relief agency warns funding gap may jeopardize school meals programme

27 September 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today cautioned that unless it receives $3 million in urgent funding, it will have to suspend its school meals programme in Mali, affecting nearly 180,000 children in about 1,000 schools.


Vast majority of world – 6.76 billion people – living with excessive air pollution – UN report

27 September 2016 – With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the United Nations today rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll.


UN highlights agriculture's potential to help address climate change and antimicrobial resistance

26 September 2016 – The role of agriculture should go beyond just generating food to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, the head of United Nations agriculture agency stressed today.