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11 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


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.


Rights experts urge UN to compensate displaced Roma poisoned in camps in Kosovo

15 April 2016 – Two United Nations independent experts today called on the world body to hold the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) accountable for leaving Roma families exposed to lead poisoning in camps for those internally displaced in the territory.


UN agencies step up joint response to help drought-affected northern Somalia

11 April 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are intensifying joint efforts to assist communities in northern Somalia coping with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions.


Greece: UN agency urges full hearings for stranded refugee and migrant children

08 April 2016 – With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reminding States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.


‘We need to rethink our daily lives,’ warns UN health chief, urging action to halt rising tide of diabetes

06 April 2016 – The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, most living in developing countries, a “dramatic rise” mainly driven by overweight and obesity, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has announced ahead of World Health Day.


Yemen: year of conflict puts 3.4 million women of reproductive age at risk, UN reports

31 March 2016 – A year of conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 3.4 million women of reproductive age between 15 and 49 years in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported, expressing growing concern about the situation.


UN health agency calls for funding, access to Yemenis as conflict rages for second year

28 March 2016 – As the conflict in Yemen this week enters its second year, the United Nations health agency is calling for additional funding and access to the more than 80 per cent of the population in urgent need of humanitarian aid.