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36 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Urgent steps’ needed to revive two-state solution, Ban says on Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people

29 November 2016 – Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world to reaffirm commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and working to build a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.


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, global community back efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure credible, legitimate polls

25 November 2016 – The United Nations and other members of the international community have commended the efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure a credible and legitimate electoral process and supported the bodies’ decisions to disqualify candidates who engaged in corruption, intimidation and manipulation in the ongoing parliamentary elections.


UN conference to address way forward on global sustainable transport challenges

25 November 2016 – The first-ever global conference on sustainable transport takes place this weekend in Turkmenistan, bringing together representatives from the United Nations, governments, the private sector and civil society to set new directions for global transport efforts.


Countries at UN forum in Dubai encouraged to make ‘Space for Women’

23 November 2016 – At a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, a senior UN official is urging the global space community to “make Space for Women” within the next two years.


Spurred by patent and trademark applications in China, global innovation flies high – UN agency

23 November 2016 – Global innovation is soaring as the 2015 edition of a United Nations agency on intellectual property report reveals that 2.9 million patent applications lodged worldwide – a 7.8 per cent increase over the previous year.


UN names former astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘Champion for Space’

21 November 2016 – As part of a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, the UN appointment of astronaut Scott Kelly as ‘United Nations Champion for Space.’


UN, international partners underline need to ensure legitimacy and credibility of Somali polls

20 November 2016 – Noting that the electoral process in Somalia is “going much better than many predicted,” the United Nations envoy in the country underlined the need to ensure that the legitimacy of the process is preserved and called on electoral bodies to investigate any credible reports of violations of rules and regulations.


New UN initiative aims to save lives and cut climate change by protecting peatlands

17 November 2016 – A new global initiative was launched today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and save thousands of live by protecting peatlands – the largest terrestrial organic soil carbon stock.


INTERVIEW: What extreme weather and global temperature rise mean for humanity - WMO chief

15 November 2016 – “In a new report analyzing the global climate between 2011-2015, the World Meteorological Organization – the United Nations system’s weather agency – found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts.