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HABITAT III: UN conference to set new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

14 October 2016 – A major global conference, aiming to set a ‘New Urban Agenda,’ which, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will “help us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities,” begins this weekend, in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

This highly-anticipated conference, is taking place in the so-called Global South for the very first time; an important symbol, according to Habitat III’s de facto architect, Joan Clos, who is Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the organization’s Human Settlements Programme.

New UN report urges Liberia to act on rape – ‘legacy’ of impunity from 14-year civil conflict

14 October 2016 – A United Nations report released today documents the high incidence of rape in Liberia and the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and provides a number of recommendations to the Government, other national and international stakeholders, including the UN, to urgently combat the scourge.

Pivotal role midwives play in keeping mothers and newborns alive must be recognized – UN

13 October 2016 – The first global survey of midwifery personnel has revealed that too often, midwives face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, calling for an end to the discrimination and lack of respect that hinder their ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

In wake of Hurricane Matthew, UN to deliver food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern Cuba

12 October 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Cuban Government to provide food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern areas of the island as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Undernutrition taking huge toll on Chad’s economy, new UN-supported study finds

12 October 2016 – Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs ($1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood undernutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has revealed.

Rising inequality, precarious jobs threaten progress in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – UN

12 October 2016 – One third of the Eastern European and Central Asian workforce performs precarious jobs that include informal and vulnerable jobs, while approximately $65 billion in illicit cash leaves the region annually, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UN mission 'extremely concerned' over increased incidents of violence across South Sudan

12 October 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today that it is “extremely concerned” over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between Government and opposition forces in Leer town.

Taxing sugary drinks can curb global epidemic of obesity and diabetes – UN health agency

11 October 2016 – Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the United Nations health agency said today, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016 – Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

In Malawi, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson spotlights efforts to end child marriage

10 October 2016 – Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi’s past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.