UN News stories

16 stories found over the past 45 days
Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN chief honoured for work to end epidemic, fight against stigma

30 November 2016 – Speaking at a special event commemorating World AIDS Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with the disease and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to.

UN agencies scaling up emergency health services as Mosul is made accessible

28 November 2016 – United Nations agencies are rapidly scaling up efforts in eastern Mosul to ensure that more than 60,000 people living near the frontlines of the current military operations have access to life-saving care.

UN agencies call for immediate support amid deepening food crisis in southern Madagascar

18 November 2016 – United Nations agencies are calling for immediate financial support for farmers and families in Madagascar in order to address the growing food crisis that could worsen if crops are not planted by December and January.

On World Toilet Day, UN spotlights impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods

18 November 2016 – To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the oft-neglected global sanitation crisis, the United Nations is also spotlighting the impact of sanitation – or lack of it – on livelihoods and work environments.

World’s first malaria vaccine set for 2018 rollout in Africa after UN health agency secures funding

17 November 2016 – Having secured the funds for the initial phase of the deployment of the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today it will be rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018.

UN health agency denounces attacks on health facilities in Syria

17 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today condemned attacks on five Syrian hospitals – including two trauma centres and an emergency obstetric centre – as well as a mobile medical clinic, and demanded that all parties to the five-year conflict respect the neutrality of health workers, health facilities and medical supplies.

On World Day, UN chief urges prevention to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

14 November 2016 – According to the United Nations, the global rate of diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, with some 422 million adults living with diabetes as of 2014, representing a health risk that the General Assembly seeks to address through World Diabetes Day today, November 14.

All countries should see air pollution in Delhi as ‘wake-up call’ – UNICEF

10 November 2016 – Amid reports that air pollution in India’s capital, Delhi, has hit record highs over the past week, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on all countries to pay attention this emblematic case and take decisive actions to tackle the issue.

UN agency responding to severe health risks women and girls face amid Mosul military operation

09 November 2016 – The United Nations estimates that 1.2 to 1.5 million people are currently being affected by the military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS or Da’esh), some quarter million of which are women who potentially need reproductive health services and care for gender-based violence.

Aiming to curb pregnancy risks and improve experience, UN launches new prenatal care model

08 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new prenatal care model, designed to enhance pregnancy the experience for women, and reduce the risk of stillbirths and other complications.