UN News stories


14 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: Education, women's empowerment 'top priorities' for UN in India, says senior official

21 July 2017 – To meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritize women's empowerment and education, the United Nation's development chief in the country said.


Cost of feeding hungry world surging due to conflicts and instability – UN agency

20 July 2017 – Improved aid access, strengthened resilience and advances in food system networks could provide as much as $3.5 billion in annual cost savings at a time when humanitarian needs are skyrocketing in multiple complex emergencies across the globe, a new United Nations study has found.


UN warns of worsening hunger in East Africa amid third consecutive failed rainy season

14 July 2017 – The third consecutive failed rainy season in East Africa has seriously eroded families' resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned.


Safe, effective family planning is key to 'empowering people, developing nations' – UN

11 July 2017 – If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations population agency today said.


UN political forum opens with focus on eradicating poverty and forming partnerships

10 July 2017 – Senior government representatives are at the United Nations today for the start of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two years after they were adopted.


DR Congo’s economy loses over $1 billion to child undernutrition, finds UN-backed study

07 July 2017 – The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released today.


Rights defenders ‘must not be silenced,’ says UN office, urging Turkey to release activists

07 July 2017 – The United Nations today voiced grave concern about the arbitrary detention and arrests of human rights defenders in Turkey and called on the Government to ensure that activists can carry out their work in a safe and enabling environment without fear.


Turning national pledges into action crucial in fight against hunger, stresses head of UN agency

03 July 2017 – Highlighting that the number of people going hungry across the world has increased since 2015, threatening to undo years of progress, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for translating commitments into action at the national level.


Experts head to Vienna to discuss advances in monitoring, verification under UN nuclear test-ban treaty

26 June 2017 – Scientists and technical experts from all over the world are gathering this week in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting convened by the United Nations partner organization working to establish a verification regime to monitor global compliance with the comprehensive ban on nuclear testing.


As South Sudan famine ebbs, UN warns millions still face 'extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff'

21 June 2017 – While famine has eased in South Sudan, the situation across the crisis-torn country remains dire, as the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown from 4.9 million in February to six million today – the highest level of food insecurity the young nation has ever experienced, according to the United Nations.