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Even as HIV treatment soars, young women still face high infection risk, UN warns

21 November 2016 – The United Nations warned today that while more people than ever are accessing antiretroviral treatment for HIV, girls aged 15 to 24, transitioning to womanhood, face many HIV-related challenges, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and called for a life-cycle approach to finding solutions for everyone, at all stages of life.


Ban urges financing Africa's 'engines of development' to realize continent's potential

20 November 2016 – In his message on Africa Industrialization Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on African countries to adopt policies that encourage growth of the private sector and foster entrepreneurship in order to advance economic competitiveness and prosperity in the continent.


UN chief urges rapid scale-up in action to prevent vehicle-related deaths and injuries

20 November 2016 – With more than 3,400 people, many of them young men and women, losing their lives on the world's roads every day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with a strong call to scale up action to prevent these deaths.


Reflecting on his five-year term, UN deputy chief pins hopes on multilateralism

18 November 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the critical importance of international cooperation in today’s world, arguing that “without it, Governments simply cannot deliver stable, prosperous societies at home.”


UN expert warns on Turkish government’s ‘draconian measures’ on freedoms of expression

18 November 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression raised concerns over the Turkish Government’s widespread measures to erode independent opinion and freedom of expression in the country.


UN agencies call for immediate support amid deepening food crisis in southern Madagascar

18 November 2016 – United Nations agencies are calling for immediate financial support for farmers and families in Madagascar in order to address the growing food crisis that could worsen if crops are not planted by December and January.


Myanmar: UN urges aid access, warns of rights violations after 'lockdown' in northern Rakhine state

18 November 2016 – Deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar, United Nations entities today urged the country's authorities to take immediate actions to address humanitarian and human rights situations.


On World Toilet Day, UN spotlights impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods

18 November 2016 – To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the oft-neglected global sanitation crisis, the United Nations is also spotlighting the impact of sanitation – or lack of it – on livelihoods and work environments.


UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in Central African Republic

17 November 2016 – In Brussels, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged an international conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) to show solidarity and pledge the necessary financial support to the Government-identified priorities and reforms needed for the African country’s rehabilitation and stabilization.


UN health agency denounces attacks on health facilities in Syria

17 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today condemned attacks on five Syrian hospitals – including two trauma centres and an emergency obstetric centre – as well as a mobile medical clinic, and demanded that all parties to the five-year conflict respect the neutrality of health workers, health facilities and medical supplies.