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Yemen: UN envoy optimistic for humanitarian truce amid 'constructive political engagement'

24 June 2015 – Yemeni stakeholders remain on the path towards reviving a much-needed political transition despite the country's ongoing hostilities, the United Nations Special Envoy for the Gulf state, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said today as he urged all parties to observe a humanitarian truce aimed at helping the delivery of critical relief aid to Yemeni civilians.


South Sudan children at risk from cholera outbreak, warns UNICEF

24 June 2015 – A cholera outbreak is threatening South Sudan’s children in the latest blow to a country already teetering on the brink of all-out crisis amid incessant fighting and mass displacement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.


Iraq: UN health agency seeks $60 million to keep critical health centres open in conflict areas

23 June 2015 – With temperatures soaring to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of Iraq and the number of people fleeing violence topping 3 million, the World Health Organization fears the closing of nearly 90 per cent of the health centres in conflict-affected areas unless donors respond to an urgent appeal to ensure their continuing operation.


With all parties now signed onto Mali peace accord, world must back implementation – UN envoy

23 June 2015 – Welcoming the signature last Saturday by all parties to the conflict in Mali of the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation, the top United Nations envoy for the country today told the Security Council that now the implementation phase must start.


First-ever comprehensive online system to counter narcotics launches in Afghanistan

23 June 2015 – As the result of a three-year partnership, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Afghan Government today launched the first-ever interactive online system for all counter-narcotics-related data in the country.


At least 3,000 suspected Dengue fever cases reported in Yemen – UN health agency

23 June 2015 – Thousands of suspected cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection Dengue fever have been reported in conflict-ravaged Yemen, where a major health crisis is unfolding, the United Nations World Health Organization announced today.


Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.


If current trends hold, childhood obesity will hit 70 million by 2025, warns UN health agency

22 June 2015 – Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods.


Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

21 June 2015 – The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.


Palestinian life in West Bank constrained by Israeli policies – UN expert

19 June 2015 – The international community must ensure the promise of universal human rights no longer rings hollow to Palestinian “living under the 48-year-long Israeli occupation,” today said a UN independent expert.