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UN food relief agency and partner to roll out €348 million EU cash aid to refugees in Turkey

08 September 2016 – Following the European Union’s (EU)announcement today of a cash-transfer programme for the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has said the agency and the Turkish Red Crescent will use their combined expertise to deliver the cash directly to those who need it most.


UN Secretary-General pays tribute to veteran official and gender pioneer Margaret Anstee

08 September 2016 – The United Nations chief today paid tribute to Margaret Anstee, a long-serving official who was the first woman to be appointed to the highest ranks of the world body, and who passed away recently.


UNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and education

08 September 2016 – Adult learning and education can improve health and well-being, employment opportunities and develop local communities, according to a new report from the United Nations culture and education agency.


UNESCO marks Literacy Day with anniversary event on literacy's power to realise global goals

08 September 2016 – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today kicked off a two-day event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day with a reminder of literacy's power to realise the goals of the new global agenda.


Nigerien peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award for her work in Mali

07 September 2016 – A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities while serving in Mali.


At ASEAN-UN Summit, Ban highlights complementarity between world and regional bodies on sustainable development

07 September 2016 – Speaking at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus of cooperation between the two organizations on a range of sectors, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.


On eve of Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General highlights literacy's role in 2030 Agenda

07 September 2016 – On the eve of International Literacy Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies – a vision set out in the new global development agenda.


UN health agency calls for multi-sectoral approach to deal with 'double burden' of malnutrition in south-east Asia

07 September 2016 – While announcing a strategic action plan to deal with the issue, the United Nations health agency today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across south-east Asia, particularly women and girls.


Head of UN rural poverty agency wins inaugural Africa Food Prize, dedicates it to “millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families”

06 September 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency charged with eradicating rural poverty has been awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize – and dedicated it to “the millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families.”


Iraq: UN food relief agency’s supplies reach Qayyarah’s 30,000 people under 2-year siege

06 September 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency has delivered urgently-needed aid to more than 30,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Qayyarah in the past week, reaching an area that been under siege and inaccessible for more than two years.