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UN forum wraps up in South Africa with a call for better data to improve people’s lives

18 January 2017 – The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum concluded today with the launch of a global plan that outlines a vision and a “to-do” list for better data to improve people’s lives, including through new ideas, solutions and strengthened collaboration in the field of statistics.


Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency

18 January 2017 – Highlighting the plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa arriving in Yemen – which itself has seen more than 2.1 million people internally displaced due to ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis – the United Nations migration agency has called for additional support for the vulnerable.


At Cape Town Forum, UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps

17 January 2017 – With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women and only 13 per cent of countries having a dedicated gender statistics budget, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum today explored ways to close these data gaps


UN agency envoy Forest Whitaker honoured for work in peacebuilding, conflict-resolution

16 January 2017 – Actor and United Nations agency special envoy Forest Whitaker is today being celebrated as a leader in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution, empowering young people in communities touched by violence and poverty.


Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports

16 January 2017 – Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations.


FEATURE: Number crunchers in the spotlight ahead of UN World Data Forum

13 January 2017 – The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum is set to kick off in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 January 2017, with the aim of increasing political and resource support for statistical capacity building worldwide.


UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

13 January 2017 – The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.


INTERVIEW: Space technology can help create a better world – Simonetta Di Pippo, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

13 January 2017 – The heads of national space agencies, government officials and representatives from the space community worldwide are being challenged to get more women into the aerospace industry.


Paying tribute to earthquake victims, UN adviser says ‘Haiti on its path to political stability’

12 January 2017 – Marking the seventh anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, a United Nations special adviser today paid tribute to the victims of the catastrophe which claimed the lives of 200,000 Haitians, as well as 102 UN personnel.