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Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report

20 October 2015 – The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.

On World Statistics Day, UN flags importance of reliable data to achieve new development agenda

20 October 2015 – Emphasizing that “reliable and timely statistics and indicators are more important than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all partners and stakeholders to work together to achieve the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Greece’s overstretched reception centres may imperil EU-wide plan as arrivals hit half million mark – UN

20 October 2015 – As the number of refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece hits half a million, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned today of continuing “chaos” at overburdened reception centres – possibly threatening to undo Europe’s recently-agreed relocation programme – unless reception conditions in frontline islands are improved.

Ban inaugurates exhibition on UN's 70th anniversary, meets with students in Slovak capital

19 October 2015 – During a visit to the capital of Slovakia today, the United Nations Secretary-General inaugurated an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of Organization, featured at the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

'I am standing with these refugees,' says Ban visiting reception centre in Rome

17 October 2015 – After meeting with families of refugees at a reception centre in Italy today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the global community has to “stand with people who do not have any means” and provide basic necessities, such as education and sanitation.

With high number of foreign fighters in Belgium, UN experts call for robust action to address risks

16 October 2015 – Belgium needs to develop an inclusive national vision and action on the issue of foreign fighters at federal, regional and local levels, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries said today following a five-day visit to the European nation.

New global food accord aims to tackle hunger in protracted crises – UN agency

16 October 2015 – The first global agreement involving all stakeholders of food aid aims to “do business differently” in order to combat hunger and undernutrition among people living in protracted crises around the world, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Marking International Day, Ban says new 2030 Agenda can help eradicate poverty

16 October 2015 – This can be the first generation to witness a world without extreme poverty, where all people – not only the powerful and the privileged – can participate and contribute equally, free of discrimination and want, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, urging global action to fully implement the newly-adopted goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Rights of victims of trafficking during migration must be protected, UN expert tells European Union

16 October 2015 – Urging the Europe Union (EU) to safeguard the rights of migrants at risk, especially the most vulnerable, a United Nations human rights expert today called on EU member States to ensure their anti-trafficking measures do not include restrictive and exclusionary immigration policies that are not effective and further heighten risks for trafficking and exploitation.

Iran: UN rights experts outraged at the execution of two juvenile offenders

16 October 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today expressed their outrage and profound sadness at the execution of a juvenile offender convicted for the death of her husband, whom she had been forced to marry at the age of 16, and which follows the death of a young man last week, who’d been sentenced to death at age 17.