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Bonn: UN climate conference set to recognize the role of women in climate action

12 November 2017 – With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23), in Bonn, Germany, entering its final week of negotiations, the Fiji Presidency today announced an agreement on a Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action.


France’s former Culture Minister appointed new UNESCO chief

10 November 2017 – Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday appointed Audrey Azoulay, a former culture minister of France, to the top post of the agency.


Unhealthy diets could undo progress on food security in Asia-Pacific, warns UN report

10 November 2017 – Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and promote consumption of healthier foods in the Asia-Pacific region – home to most of the world’s undernourished people – the United Nations food security agency said Friday.


Bonn: New initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors announced at UN climate conference

10 November 2017 – New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement.


Syrian conflict has now lasted longer than World War II – UN humanitarian envoy

09 November 2017 – While there had been a period of de-escalation in many areas of war-riven Syria – reducing human suffering to some extent – the fighting now seems to be returning to some of the “bleakest days” of the conflict, a senior United Nations official warned Thursday.


‘Leave no stone unturned’ to secure aid funding for Central African Republic, senior UN official urges

09 November 2017 – One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official said Thursday, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded.


ICC prosecutor urges handover of Al-Saiqa brigade commander, others wanted for alleged crimes in Libya

08 November 2017 – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade accused of murdering 33 people in the context of the ongoing conflict in Libya, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the United Nations Security Council.


Agreement boosts cooperation between UN space affairs office and UAE

08 November 2017 – The United Nations and the United Arab Emirates have underscored their commitment to work together on the peaceful uses of outer space.


Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have 'grave' impact on population, UN warns

08 November 2017 – Recent escalation of fighting in close proximity of critical infrastructure and services in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, could endanger over a million lives, the top United Nations official in the country has warned.


Both ISIL and Syrian Government responsible for use of chemical weapons, UN Security Council told

07 November 2017 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was responsible for using sulfur mustard in a September 2016 attack in Umm Hawsh and the Syrian Government was accountable for the release of sarin in an April 2017 attack in Khan Shaykhun, the head of a Security Council-mandated investigation said Tuesday.