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12 stories found over the past 45 days
'The will to advance towards peace clearly exists' in the Middle East – UN envoy

25 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that, as circumstances on the ground continue to deteriorate, lamenting the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution has become a “default narrative” for many.


UN health agency spotlights role of health in sustainable development as governing body begins session

23 May 2016 – Health holds a prominent and central role that benefits the entire sustainable development agenda, because the ultimate objective of all development activities is to sustain human lives in good health, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, calling for greater efforts to combat the major challenges of antimicrobial resistance, the world drug problem and the high costs of non-communicable diseases on the road to strengthening health systems.


Zika ‘on doorstep of Africa,’ UN health agency warns after virus confirmed in Cabo Verde

20 May 2016 – The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America.


Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than others – UN report

20 May 2016 – Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.


Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by Boko Haram is now a child – UN

16 May 2016 – The number of children used by Boko Haram as suicide bombers up tenfold over the past year, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported, also warning that the group’s gunmen continue to carry out attacks on civilian and military targets despite the ramped up military operations in the Lake Chad Basin region.


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.


On International Day, UN spotlights role of midwives in achieving development targets

05 May 2016 – Every year, some 300,000 women still die during pregnancy and childbirth and almost three million babies do not survive their first four weeks of life, yet a majority of these deaths could be averted by trained midwives, the United Nations said today as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for strengthened skills and investments in midwifery.


Equality and justice ‘not luxuries’ but crucial foundations of Iraq’s stability – deputy UN rights chief

25 April 2016 – Iraq must immediately take concrete steps to plan for “the day after” the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a senior United Nations human rights official urged today, calling for measures grounded in equality, the rule of law and a vision that has earned the confidence of all the country’s diverse communities.


Nepal: UN continues to support sustainable post-disaster earthquake recovery

25 April 2016 – A year after a series of major earthquakes devastated large areas of Nepal, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners are continuing to support green and sustainable post-disaster recovery in the country.


Immunization 'game-changers' should be the norm worldwide, says UN health agency

21 April 2016 – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that during World Immunization Week 2016, which begins Sunday, it will be highlighting recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlining further steps countries can take to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.