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Yemen: UN agencies deliver life-saving medicines and domestic supplies amid ongoing fighting

14 July 2015 – With an expected humanitarian pause failing to take hold in crisis-torn Yemen over the past weekend, the United Nations said today that four out of five people in the country rely on some type of assistance, and the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that it has been able to deliver urgently needed supplies to the port city of Aden.

ADDIS: world has delivered on halting and reversing AIDS epidemic, UN announces

14 July 2015 – The world has exceeded the targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a report released today in Addis Ababa by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

ADDIS: investing in gender equality vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says Ban

14 July 2015 – Increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained economic growth and development, United Nations Secretary-General said today during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ban welcomes announcement of new measures to de-escalate recent violence in Colombia

13 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s announcements that the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP plan to institute new measures in de-escalating the fighting in the country and accelerate negotiations towards a peace agreement, the United Nations has confirmed.

ADDIS: UN and partners launch key financing platform to end maternal, child mortality

13 July 2015 – The United Nations and its partners today launched a new initiative to help end maternal and child mortality by 2030, as they gathered in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

Afghanistan: UN envoy condemns deadly suicide attack that killed 27 civilians

13 July 2015 – The top UN official in Afghanistan today condemned the deadly attack perpetrated on Sunday in the eastern province of Khost.

Main UN economic forum closes high-level segment with calls to bolster sustainable development agenda

10 July 2015 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is now stronger and must fully use its power to spur integration, and help mobilize a range of actors, including the UN system in the transition towards the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Afghanistan: Security Council welcomes direct talks between Government and Taliban

10 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step towards “peace and reconciliation” in the region.

Thailand's deportation of ethnic group prompts grave concern by UN human rights office

10 July 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed grave concern over Thailand's deportation to China of more than 100 people understood to be ethnic Uighurs – including some 20 women – and strongly urged Thai authorities to ensure the protection of 60 others who remain in detention.

Ahead of Yemen ceasefire, UNICEF sounds alarm about impact of crisis on children

10 July 2015 – Yemen's humanitarian crisis has reached a new low amid disintegrating health services and the spread of infectious disease among children, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed today just hours before a ceasefire aimed at facilitating the delivery of critical relief is slated to begin.