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Afghanistan: UN Mission probing air strikes that allegedly killed 32 civilians in Kunduz

07 November 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has said that it is currently investigating allegations that at least 32 civilians were killed and a further 19 injured in airstrikes in Kunduz city, which is in the north of the country, last Thursday.


New UN health agency guidelines aim to stop surgical infections and arrest spread of ‘superbugs’

03 November 2016 – Warning that millions of people die every year from preventable surgical infections, particularly in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines today on tackling hospital-acquired infections with the aim of saving lives, cutting costs and arresting the spread of ‘superbugs.’


UN chief appoints Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as special adviser for refugee summit follow-up

01 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as Special Adviser on Follow-up to the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which was held on 19 September 2016.


General Assembly elects 14 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October 2016 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.


Landmark accord agreed on world's largest marine sanctuary for Antarctica's Ross Sea – UN

28 October 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) welcomed a unanimous decision today from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to create the world's largest protected area – land or marine – in the Antarctic's Ross Sea.


‘We are not giving up,’ despite evacuation failure – UN envoys on Syria

27 October 2016 – Expressing their disappointment that the sick and wounded were not evacuated from Syria’s war-torn eastern Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria and his Senior Advisor today vowed to press on with their efforts to extract those with medical emergencies and get assistance to those with desperate needs inside the city.