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UN-backed conference adopts measures to tackle threats to migratory waterbirds

17 November 2015 – With many of the world's migratory waterbirds under heightened threat due to human activities and climate change, a United Nations Environment Programme-supported conference has adopted action plans to tackle various dangers those vulnerable species face and provide guidance on their sustainable use.

UN calls on countries to protect health from impacts of climate change

17 November 2015 – With the United Nations climate conference (COP21) starting in Paris in less than two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) today underlined that climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, and called on countries to take strong actions to address the issue.

Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.

Widespread misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance threatens public health – UN health agency

16 November 2015 – A recent multi-country survey revealed that people are confused about the rising threat of antibiotic resistance to public health and are unclear about how to prevent it from growing, World Health Organization (WHO) said today at the launch of a global campaign at the initiation of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

16 November 2015 – More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

El Niño on track to be among worst ever, but world better prepared for fallout – UN

16 November 2015 – The current El Niño, a weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect tens of millions of people around the globe, is expected to strengthen further by year's end, on track to be one of the three strongest in 65 years, according to the latest update from the United Nations weather agency.

Despite improvements in road safety, world still facing 'shocking' fatality figures - Ban

15 November 2015 – On the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is highlighting that despite improvements in road safety, the world still faces some shocking injury and fatality figures.

Reverse exodus: refugees flee Yemen for strife-riven Horn of Africa, UN reports

13 November 2015 – In a reversal of a multi-year boat exodus that has seen hundreds of thousands of Somalis risk death at sea to flee their strife-riven land to seek refuge in Yemen, thousands of Yemenis are now fleeing from their own war-torn country to Djibouti, Somalia's neighbour, across the Gulf of Aden.

Measles vaccination saved 17 million lives since 2000, but elimination goals ‘off track’ – UN

13 November 2015 – The number of measles-related deaths has decreased by 79 per cent since the beginning of the century, but the United Nations health agency is warning that 2015 global milestones and measles elimination goals are off track.

UN Police play crucial role for success of peacekeeping missions, top officials tell Security Council

13 November 2015 – Though generally far less numerous than the military component in United Nations peacekeeping operations, UN Police play a vital role in protecting civilians and training local forces, facing multiple challenges and dangers in fulfilling their mission, the Security Council heard today.