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ADDIS: greater investments needed as fight against malaria enters critical phase – UN

13 July 2015 – Despite the tremendous progress made over the past 15 years, greater investments are needed to achieve the goal of a world free of malaria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today in Ethiopia, where world leaders have gathered to discuss financing for development.


ADDIS: new UN-backed report details ways to boost finance for sustainable energy

13 July 2015 – A new United Nations-backed report launched today at a conference in Addis Ababa details concrete ways to boost crucial investment in sustainable energy by some $120 billion a year.


ADDIS: UN and partners launch key financing platform to end maternal, child mortality

13 July 2015 – The United Nations and its partners today launched a new initiative to help end maternal and child mortality by 2030, as they gathered in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.


Afghanistan: Security Council welcomes direct talks between Government and Taliban

10 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step towards “peace and reconciliation” in the region.


UN experts report uptick in flow of Tunisian militants to conflict zones, call for urgent response

10 July 2015 – The number of Tunisian militants flocking to join the hostilities in Syria and Iraq is one of the highest among those traveling to fight alongside extremists in the Middle East's two most dogged conflicts, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today.


Forecasting positive 2015 world crop prospects, UN agency warns of food insecurity 'hotspots'

09 July 2015 – Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, today said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Widespread and early heatwaves impact northern hemisphere, UN weather agency warns

06 July 2015 – Many parts of Europe have been impacted by a severe and unusually early heatwave since 27 June, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said, warning of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires in North America and torrential downpours and widespread flooding in southern China.


Ban welcomes restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States

01 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's announcement that Cuba and the United States will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.


First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

01 July 2015 – Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.


Norman Rockwell’s art brings UN values to life, says Ban

30 June 2015 – Opening a special ceremony at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Organization is honoured to host a “one-of-a-kind” exhibition of UN-inspired paintings and artwork by legendary American illustrator Norman Rockwell.