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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Ban welcomes joint China-US pledge to sign Paris climate accord in April

01 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint presidential statement on climate change by China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters on 22 April, the first day the accord is open for signature.


Veteran UN officials appointed to senior positions in Cyprus and in charge of field support

30 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed two women with extensive experience in the United Nations to senior positions in the Organization.


PODCAST: from anger to laughter, what happens when three top comedians walk into the UN?

29 March 2016 – What happens when three top comedians leave their Hollywood comfort-zone and walk into the United Nations to talk climate change and sustainability?


Time 'to ring the alarm bell' on waning prospects for Middle East peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

24 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that the prospects for an independent Palestinian state are disappearing, and questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts.


Diplomatic Quartet to prepare report to lay ground for Israel-Palestine talks – UN envoy

23 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today unveiled a plan by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to produce a report that would help create a political environment for the two sides to resume peace negotiations.


Zika: 'the more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports

22 March 2016 – The head of the United Nations health agency today reported that in less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”


Political transition 'mother of all issues' for Syria talks – UN mediator

21 March 2016 – The UN mediator for the intra-Syrian talks said today that political transition is the “mother of all issues” in the ongoing peace negotiations involving the Government and the opposition.


'The future is happening now,' warns UN, calling for urgent measures to cut carbon emissions

21 March 2016 – The Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise, the UN weather agency warned today upon the release of its 2015 annual report on the status of the climate.


Ebola: UN health agency sends specialists to help contain flare-up in Guinea

18 March 2016 – The United Nations health agency has dispatched a team of specialists to Guinea after 2 new cases of Ebola were confirmed yesterday, the first re-emergence of the deadly virus in the Western African country since its original outbreak was declared over on 29 December 2015.