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UN report reveals stark gap between urban and rural employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

20 October 2016 – A new United Nations labour report has revealed that more than half of the 52 million workers in rural areas of the Latin American and Caribbean region are in a state of vulnerable employment, characterized by lower wages, lower social protections and the prevalence to poverty.

HABITAT III: UN conference to set new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

14 October 2016 – A major global conference, aiming to set a ‘New Urban Agenda,’ which, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will “help us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities,” begins this weekend, in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

This highly-anticipated conference, is taking place in the so-called Global South for the very first time; an important symbol, according to Habitat III’s de facto architect, Joan Clos, who is Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the organization’s Human Settlements Programme.

Taxing sugary drinks can curb global epidemic of obesity and diabetes – UN health agency

11 October 2016 – Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the United Nations health agency said today, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

UN chief urges ramped up support to meet Peacebuilding Fund’s financial challenges

21 September 2016 – The United Nations system is being pushed to its limits by an unprecedented number of conflicts and economic crises globally, as well as by climate change and inequalities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to help keep the Organization’s Peacebuilding Fund from falling into a dangerous financial position.

‘Pragmatism, not populism’ will overcome global inertia, Chilean President tells UN

21 September 2016 – Tackling the pressing challenges currently facing all countries and regions requires a major shift in perspective, Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, told the General Assembly today, calling for a more effective an efficient United Nations that can be the locus of “more multilateralism, more cooperation and more dialogue,” to meet the long-sought demands of the world’s people.

Mexican President Peña urges global push to achieve ‘brave, demanding’ UN 2030 Agenda

20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, said that for more than seven decades, the diverse members of the world body had been working for a better future.

Non-communicable diseases ‘make poverty even worse,’ Uruguay President warns UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Uruguay’s President today warned against non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular ailments, cancer, diabetes and chronic pulmonary pathologies, which he said are the main causes of death particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

UN announces inaugural class of 17 youth leaders to support Global Goals

19 September 2016 – The United Nations envoy on youth today unveiled the inaugural class of 17 youth leaders who have been recognized for their leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 17 Global Goals, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

FEATURE: Music for the children of Yarmouk – and all refugees

16 September 2016 – “I took my piano and made it everything: my work, and my studies at university; to teach children music,” begins Ayham al-Ahmad, in an interview with United Nations Radio, ahead of a UN summit on large movements of refugees and migrants on 19 September 2016.

Inclusive rural transformation requires investment; it will not happen automatically – UN report

14 September 2016 – Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation and governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty – those are some of the key findings from a new report by the United Nations rural poverty agency.