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‘Bold and decisive’ action needed for Africa’s future, UN deputy chief tells Member States

20 April 2016 – The United Nations and African countries are working as one to support the continent’s people in realizing their hopes and aspirations for peace and development, which will require “bold and decisive” action, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today at a special event on the continent’s future.


UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

20 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.


Somalia: UN envoy welcomes progress in preparations for elections in 2016

19 April 2016 – The Security Council heard today from the top United Nations official in Somalia that political progress is being made in the country, but that much remains to be done in a short period, including completing the electoral process for 2016 and boosting support to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).


South Sudan: UN refugee agency warns of worsening civilian situation

19 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed extreme concern over a combination of new fighting in previously peaceful areas, food insecurity and severe humanitarian funding shortages, which continue to cause a worsening of the situation in South Sudan for many civilians.


FEATURE: Ahead of Paris Agreement signing, cyclone-hit Fiji champions climate change action

18 April 2016 – As Fiji and Governments of more than 100 other United Nations Member States are preparing this week for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, back in Fiji, residents of the South Pacific country are clearing debris and trying to recover from one of the region's fiercest storms.


UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought

18 April 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


Central African Republic passes 'critical milestone' towards lasting peace – UN peacekeeping chief

15 April 2016 – Expectations are high for the Central African Republic's new Government to restore durable peace and improve people's living conditions, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, stressing that the first hundred days will be decisive.


Rights experts urge UN to compensate displaced Roma poisoned in camps in Kosovo

15 April 2016 – Two United Nations independent experts today called on the world body to hold the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) accountable for leaving Roma families exposed to lead poisoning in camps for those internally displaced in the territory.


UNICEF, World Bank urge greater investment in early childhood development

15 April 2016 – The heads of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group are jointly urging global and national leaders to step up action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.


In Nigeria's restive northeast, fate of thousands of abducted women remains unknown – UN

14 April 2016 – The plight of 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago is all too common in Nigeria's conflict-affected north-eastern communities, and up to 7,000 women and girls might be living in abduction and sex slavery, senior United Nations officials warned today.