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FEATURE: International Jazz Day – a global celebration of creativity and diversity

28 April 2017 – Blues, boogie, bebop or ragtime, no matter what it is called, jazz is a language that translates across cultures and continents, bridging gaps and bringing unity.


Returning from Mali, senior UN relief official spotlights country's complex challenges

28 April 2017 – Concluding a three-day mission to Mali, a senior United Nations relief official has underlined the need to keep the humanitarian needs of its people in the international spotlight.


Accurate occupational data vital to save lives, says UN labour agency on World Day

28 April 2017 – Even though more than 2.3 million fatalities and 300 million accidents resulting in injuries are estimated to occur in workplaces around the globe each year, the actual impact remains largely unknown, the United Nations International Labour Organization has warned, highlighting the need to “vastly” improve national occupational safety and health data (OSH).


On 'Girls in ICT Day,' UN agencies encourage girls, women to seek technology careers

27 April 2017 – United Nations agencies today introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of its annual 'International Girls in ICT Day' celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.


Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as casualties remain high in first quarter

27 April 2017 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today urged all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.


Six months into battle for Mosul, water, trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

26 April 2017 – Safe drinking water is a major concern in Mosul, where a battle has been underway for the past six months to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United Nations humanitarian arm has said


DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region

26 April 2017 – The United Nations has appealed for $64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasaï region, the latest “humanitarian hotspot” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

25 April 2017 – Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world.


Status of declaration on indigenous peoples' rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

24 April 2017 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, senior UN officials today underscored the need to do more to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to benefit from global development agenda, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says 'let's close the gap' in prevention coverage

24 April 2017 – On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.