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Ban names ‘eminent advocates’ to propel achievement of new Sustainable Development Goals

19 January 2016 – A queen, a crown princess, a president, a prime minister, a Chinese e-commerce pioneer, and a player often ranked as the world’s best footballer are among eminent Advocates appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to help achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to eliminate poverty, hunger and a raft of social ills, all within 15 years.


In Jordan, UN refugee agency chief urges greater efforts to end Syria conflict

19 January 2016 – The international community must make greater efforts to end the conflict in Syria or risk prolonging the world's biggest humanitarian crisis for many years to come, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said during a trip to the region.


Niger: UN and partners struggling to assist thousands newly displaced by Boko Haram violence

19 January 2016 – Citing a “very serious situation with acute shortages of shelter” in south-east Niger where some 100,000 people have fled to escape Boko Haram violence, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for urgent humanitarian assistance and funding to help those that have been uprooted.


Haiti: six years after quake, UN cites progress but warns of ‘deteriorating’ situation for those still in camps

15 January 2016 – Six years after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left at least 1.5 million homeless, the United Nations is underlining that humanitarian action has achieved significant results, but that the situation has been deteriorating since June.


‘No-one left behind’ is ethical imperative of new development agenda – UN deputy chief

13 January 2016 – The universal inclusiveness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ethical imperative, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a forum for UN Member States today on ethics for development.


New UN emergency funds seek to aid 1.7 million Africans uprooted by Boko Haram violence

13 January 2016 – With the Lake Chad Basin now the fastest-growing displacement crisis in Africa as 2.7 million people, 1.5 million of them children, have been uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists, the United Nations emergency fund has announced new grants of $31 million to four countries in the region.


Yemen’s war-weary children face ‘new year of pain and suffering’ – UNICEF official

12 January 2016 – The ongoing deadly violence in Yemen has left nearly 10 million children facing threats of malnutrition and disease, lack of education, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the country warned today, calling for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and an end to the conflict.


Ban calls on global community to stand with Haiti on eve of 6th anniversary of earthquake

11 January 2016 – As the United Nations prepares to mark the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and pay tribute to the more than 200,000 victims who perished, including 102 UN personnel, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to “stand with Haiti” as it moves forward to rebuild.


Proper sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against deadly infections

31 December 2015 – With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.


Sustainable Development Goals to kick in with start of new year

30 December 2015 – As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.