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FEATURE: Eradication of Yaws, disease that ‘begins where roads end,’ is within sight, says WHO doctor in new film

12 July 2016 – When Dr. Oriol Mitjà, a Spanish technical adviser for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, he expected to stay only a month. But after meeting hundreds of children covered in debilitating lesions, he stayed on, found a cure for their ailment, and spurred an international campaign that, if successful, will lead to the eradication of only the second disease in history.


UN-backed partnership, support fund launched to end violence against children

12 July 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership and fund were launched today to make achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children a public priority and a collective responsibility.


South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians

12 July 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wings has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”


PODCAST: End of AIDS within reach, but Kenneth Cole warns of reversal if treatment push lags

11 July 2016 – Ending AIDS means controlling the spread of HIV and lessening its impact on people's lives, the Joint UN Programme fighting the epidemic (UNAIDS) has said, noting that the number of people on anti-retroviral treatment today has surpassed the number of new infections each year, and more countries are reporting that zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV is in sight.


UN food relief agency launches innovation project to spur progress towards ending hunger by 2030

11 July 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency launched today an initiative to identify and nurture new technologies and business models which will contribute to the global goal of ending hunger by 2030.


UN launches ‘Sendai Seven’ campaign aimed at boosting disaster risk management

11 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy dealing with disaster risk reduction today launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives.


Syria: UN airlifts bring humanitarian lifeline to northeast governorate of Al Hassakeh

11 July 2016 – The first United Nations World Food Programme-chartered flight carrying relief aid reached Al Hassakeh Governorate in Syria’s northeast over the weekend, an area cut off from food and humanitarian supplies for more than six months.


Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.


INTERVIEW: Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti – UN official

08 July 2016 – A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said today, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.


Meeting with Chinese Premier, Ban commends country’s leadership on UN 2030 Agenda

08 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, where he welcomed China's efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as its support to other countries in their own implementation.