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89 stories found over the past 45 days
A survivor’s journey for justice: HIV advocate and UN retiree Eric Sawyer

01 December 2017 – "I contracted HIV before the discovery of the virus," Eric Sawyer began, as he told his story to an audience of nearly 50,000 gathered in New York’s Central Park earlier this year. The cheers and applause his heartfelt speech received would have been unimaginable three decades ago.


World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’

01 December 2017 – The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.


New funding provides much needed boost for Yemen aid operations, but needs outstrip means

30 November 2017 – A United Nations-managed humanitarian emergency fund has allocated $70 million to strife-ridden Yemen, enabling critical life-saving relief operations across large parts of the country.


Global blueprints on refugees, safe migration should include protections for children – UNICEF

30 November 2017 – The rights, protection and wellbeing of uprooted children should be central commitments of global migration policies, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, as it released a new report prior to a meeting next week on safe, regular and orderly migration.


One in 10 medicines in developing countries substandard or falsified – UN health agency

29 November 2017 – Substandard or fake medicines that fail to prevent and cure disease – and could even cause death – are becoming more and more prevalent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, calling on Governments to take urgent actions to tackle this global problem.


Four billion people have no social security protection - UN labour agency

29 November 2017 – More than half of the global population – some four billion people – have no social security protection, UN labour experts said on Wednesday.


UN aid chief spotlights challenges delivering relief inside war-torn Syria, urges continued support

29 November 2017 – The conflict in Syria – now into its seventh year, longer than World War II – continues to ratchet up misery on its people, with millions living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, a third of the country’s children out of school, and over half of its health facilities rendered inoperable, the United Nations top relief official said today.


Malaria response at ‘crossroads,’ risks backward slide – UN

29 November 2017 – After unprecedented global success in controlling malaria, progress has stalled, the United Nations health agency reported Wednesday, citing an estimated five million more cases in 2016 than in 2015, and around 445,000 deaths.


Easing of blockade enables UN aid to enter Yemen, but agencies say imports must also be allowed

28 November 2017 – The United Nations food relief agency said Tuesday that humanitarian air service into Yemen has resumed, and a ship waiting in international waters for three weeks has now docked in Saleef, stressing that unhindered access to all airports and ports is vital to end the dire situation in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country.


Violence drives more Rohingyas to Bangladesh; in Myanmar, Pope appeals for tolerance – UN

28 November 2017 – While their numbers have dropped in recent weeks, hundreds of Rohingya refugees are still crossing the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar every day, the United Nations migration agency said Tuesday.