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15 stories found over the past 45 days
At regional session, UN agricultural agency urges sustainable development for better nutrition

04 May 2016 – While many countries in Europe and Central Asia have made progress in reducing the prevalence of hunger, other forms of malnutrition still exist in the region and can only be combatted by prioritizing food security, agriculture and rural development, the head of the United Nation’s agricultural agency said today.


UN agencies boost partnership on visualization of food security data for Yemen

04 May 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are boosting wider understanding of how families in conflict-torn Yemen struggle with persistent food insecurity, through a new interactive visualization of data captured by mobile technology and shared on an open source platform.


Ethiopia: UN agency calls for urgent funding for farmers ahead of cropping season

29 April 2016 – With just six weeks left before the start of the main cropping season in Ethiopia, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called today for urgent funding to help farmers sow their fields and prevent drought-hit areas of the country from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity.


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


With Syrian truce ‘barely alive,’ UN envoy urges Russia and United States to help revitalize talks

28 April 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities, and called on the leaders of the Russian Federation and United States to help salvage the “barely alive” pact.


At UN, Forest Whitaker calls on leaders to ensure benefits of global goals ‘touch everyone’

21 April 2016 – Peacebuilding advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker addressed world leaders today at the United Nations, asking them to ensure that the benefits of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can touch everyone worldwide.


With Global Goals agreed, UN focuses on what it will take to achieve sustainability targets by 2030

20 April 2016 – In a watershed moment for international cooperation, global political, business and civil society leaders are headed to New York where they will pledge fast action on the new United Nations sustainable development agenda and the landmark Paris climate agreement, to build on momentum from 2015 to create a better future for people and the planet.


UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought

18 April 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


In Washington, Ban urges multilateral action to aid refugees, close infrastructure gaps

16 April 2016 – Addressing the global challenge of forced displacement and fostering greater investment in infrastructure were the main topics of discussion today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to leaders in Washington, D.C., at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.


New UN report focuses on green, inclusive industrialization in Africa

11 April 2016 – Welcoming the launch of the latest economic report on Africa, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that African countries should leapfrog “business as usual,” carbon-intensive methods of growth and instead pursue a pathway to green industrialization.