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INTERVIEW: Funding to prevent cholera is crucial to advance development in Haiti – UNICEF’s Marc Vincent

19 August 2016 – Earlier today, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about how the UN system is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by the outbreak of cholera in the Caribbean nation.


Citing UN’s moral responsibility, Ban pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

19 August 2016 – Noting that a United States federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf cholera victims in Haiti, the Organization today said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deeply regrets the “terrible suffering” of the Haitian people and that the UN has a moral responsibility to the support the victims and the country in overcoming the epidemic.


'Alarming' disparity in broadband connectivity within Asia-Pacific, UN regional study finds

19 August 2016 – New findings by the economic and social development arm of the United Nations in the Asia-Pacific have revealed that nearly 75 per cent of the region's broadband capabilities and access are concentrated in countries in East and North-East Asia while the Pacific subregion accounts for a mere 1.93 per cent.


UN rights experts urge Philippines to end wave of extrajudicial killings amid major drug crackdown

18 August 2016 – Amid a recent massive anti-crime and anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines that has claimed the lives of more than 850 suspected criminals, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government to end the wave of extrajudicial executions and killings, stressing that drug charges should be “judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets.”


Yemen: Ban again calls for end to hostilities as ground fighting, airstrikes escalate

17 August 2016 – Alarmed by escalating airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border since, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on all the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to the recently-ended direct talks facilitated by his envoy.


UN health agency names Michael Bloomberg Global Ambassador on noncommunicable diseases

17 August 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today named Michael R. Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, as its Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).


Côte d’Ivoire: 10 years on, survivors of toxic waste dumping ‘remain in the dark,’ say UN rights experts

17 August 2016 – Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, a group of United Nations experts today urged the Ivorian Government, all responsible States and the international community to use the opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident.


INTERVIEW: 'Climate change is really about the wellbeing of people'

17 August 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.

Ms. Espinosa recently spoke with the UN News Centre about her work and the challenges ahead.


UN health agency takes steps to help improve data on stillbirths, maternal and neonatal deaths

16 August 2016 – Most stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) stressed today as it launched three new publications to help countries address and strengthen their classification, review, and investigation processes on these deaths, which are unrecorded or underreported.


Yellow fever: UN coordinating effort to vaccinate 14 million people in two African countries

16 August 2016 – Working with health ministries in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is coordinating one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa to protect more than 14 million people against yellow fever in an outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands of others.