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13 stories found over the past 45 days
UN reports one million children die on first day of life from mostly preventable causes

16 September 2014 – While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ukraine: UN agency launches emergency food aid operation in country's east

12 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out its first operation in Ukraine, providing food assistance to vulnerable people affected by the conflict with distributions in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in the country’s east.

UNICEF: progress for children rights in south Asia, but inequalities exist

11 September 2014 – Despite rapid economic growth and huge progress in realizing the rights of children, young people in South Asia are paying a heavy price, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, noting that “everybody in South Asia has an obligation – and the potential – to do more to realize the rights of every single child in the region.”

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

03 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.

Ban welcomes lifting of siege of Amerli in northern Iraq; UN agencies rush in aid

02 September 2014 – With the siege on the northern Iraqi town of Amerli finally broken, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his appreciation to the Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga, and others, who, with air support from the United States, helped avert a humanitarian disaster in the town, which had been blockaded by militants for the past two months.

Ebola: UN-organized workshop aims to boost Africa’s defences against deadly disease

27 August 2014 – A three-day workshop organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola outbreak is underway with health experts from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

UN health agency calls for regulation of ‘e-cigarettes,’ curbs on advertising, sales to minors

26 August 2014 – Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control,” a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report said today, urging regulations to impede their promotion to non-smokers and young people.

HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand – UN study

25 August 2014 – An estimated 70 per cent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand, where “social media, online dating websites and mobile application make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex,” says a new United Nations report.

Restoring dignity, ensuring ‘safe space’ for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical – UN official

20 August 2014 – A United Nations official for Nigeria today said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok is instrumental in reintegrating the girls back into a “safe space” in society.

UN, humanitarian partners launch health plan in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine

15 August 2014 – Conflict in eastern Ukraine, mainly in the areas in and around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, has affected nearly four million people, including 156,000 internally displaced people, many of whom lack access to healthcare, a United Nations health official said today as he appealed for funds to help address the situation.