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UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

16 May 2016 – The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is set to enter into force next month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, highlighting the accord’s importance in efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally.


FEATURE: 317 days tied up in a cellar – a former hostage reflects on his ordeal and the need to do more to protect aid workers

12 May 2016 – Early one morning in December 1998, Vincent Cochetel, a French United Nations aid worker in his late thirties, was riding in the back of a car on a bumpy Chechen road, blind-folded with two men on either side of him, when the vehicle came under fire.


UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy

20 April 2016 – The United Nations health agency today launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma.


UN rights chief welcomes release of 83 prisoners in Myanmar

19 April 2016 – The United Nations rights chief today welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar's New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty.