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Secretary-General wraps up visit to Greenland with tour of Ilulissat Icefjord

27 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled to the Ilulissat Icefjord today as he wrapped up his visit to Greenland, which was aimed at building momentum ahead of the summit he will convene in September on climate change.

China’s Peng Liyuan named UNESCO envoy for advancing education of women, girls

27 March 2014 – Peng Liyuan, an internationally renowned musician and First Lady of China, has been named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education.

UN officials appeal for urgent funding for relief operations in Sudan and South Sudan

25 March 2014 – With the humanitarian situation in Sudan deteriorating and neighbouring South Sudan “imploding,” United Nations relief officials today appealed to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries, both of which are in desperate need of assistance.

UN marks Day of Remembrance with calls to tackle slavery’s lingering consequences

25 March 2014 – With calls to remember the abuses of the past and intensify efforts to end those of the present, United Nations officials are marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by urging the international community to work towards a future in which no form of human slavery exists.

New curbs on free expression have surfaced with new technologies – UN

25 March 2014 – While technological progress and innovative business models have expanded opportunities for freedom expression, they have also allowed for new threats to emerge in the form of Internet censorship, filtering, blocking, and surveillance, warns the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, UN health agency reports

25 March 2014 – Air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk, according to new figures released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

UN agency calls for concrete measures to end hunger in Africa by 2025

24 March 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns today that despite notable recent economic progress, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent and calls on all African agriculture ministers to focus their investments and support efforts on smallholder farmers, including youth and women.

On World Meteorological Day, UN rallies youth to take on climate change

23 March 2014 – Seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action, the United Nations is marking this year's World Meteorological Day with a call for more young people – especially women – to become meteorologists, a profession which makes a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of society.

Senior UN official hails outcome of forum devoted to empowering women and girls

22 March 2014 – The head of the United Nations office focusing on the world's women has welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York that she says represents a “milestone” towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre.

Central African Republic: sexual violence is constant threat, UN envoy warns

21 March 2014 – Despite some improvement in the security situation of the Central African Republic (CAR) – especially in the capital, Bangui – conditions remain grave for civilians and sexual violence continues to be used by all parties during attacks, particularly against women and children, a United Nations envoy discovered during a recent trip to the country.