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Africa’s Sahel region can become hotbed for terrorist recruitment, UN official warns

25 November 2015 – Without international aid to improve education and jobs, the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa will become fertile ground for recruiting terrorists among its tens of millions of disadvantaged people, the top United Nations official for the region warned the Security Council today.

UN urges 'zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership' to end violence against women and girls

25 November 2015 – Ending gender-based violence is a top priority for achieving the United Nations founding mission of peace, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, noting his specific concerns about rising violent extremism and its impact on women and girls, and calling for global collective action to end the scourge.

Children risk bearing brunt of escalating violence in Burundi, says UNICEF

18 November 2015 – After the crisis in Burundi left 17 children dead and many more injured, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the future of Burundian children are being compromised due to escalating violence in the country.

Marking agency’s 70th anniversary, UNESCO chief urges commitment for ‘new humanism’

04 November 2015 – Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a report to its 38th General Conference, which kicked off at the threshold of the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the agency’s chief looked back on past achievements while appealing for enhanced cooperation from member States to address UNESCO’s priorities and tackle the current challenges.

UNICEF urges future leaders to commit to children ahead of historic elections in Myanmar

04 November 2015 – As the historic elections in Myanmar draws closer, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children urged potential leaders of the country to prioritize children and commit to providing them with a fair start in life.

Global fight against corruption crucial to achieving sustainable development, UN forum told

02 November 2015 – Ending corruption is vital to efforts to achieve sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the world’s largest anti-corruption forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia.

UNESCO kicks off conference against doping in sport, says education is key to eradicating scourge

29 October 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted the fifth session of the International Convention against Doping in Sport at its headquarters in Paris today, with the theme of educating young sportspersons about the danger of using prohibited substances.

Rights of victims of trafficking during migration must be protected, UN expert tells European Union

16 October 2015 – Urging the Europe Union (EU) to safeguard the rights of migrants at risk, especially the most vulnerable, a United Nations human rights expert today called on EU member States to ensure their anti-trafficking measures do not include restrictive and exclusionary immigration policies that are not effective and further heighten risks for trafficking and exploitation.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Haiti, maintains recommended troop levels

14 October 2015 – The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for one year, until 15 October 2016, at the UN Secretary General’s recommended force levels of up to 2,370 troops and 2,061 police.