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UN agencies boost effort to avoid ‘catastrophic loss’ of young children’s lives in South Sudan

09 September 2015 – Two United Nations agencies are intensifying their efforts to reverse “dire” malnutrition in South Sudan, where every two minutes another child becomes severely malnourished and brutal conflict has displaced millions of people, destroyed basic services and increased disease.

Relations on Korean peninsula ‘taking a new turn,’ says UN rights expert

09 September 2015 – At the end of a five-day visit to the Republic of Korea, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said today that the relationship between the two countries is “taking a new turn.”

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but efforts must be redoubled – UN report

09 September 2015 – Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, but it is not enough to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of a two-thirds reduction over the past 15 years, according to a new report released today by a number of United Nations agencies.

Mostly female anti-poaching unit from South Africa wins top UN environmental prize

08 September 2015 – The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African ranger group consisting mostly of women, has been named as one of the winners of the top United Nations environmental prize.

Refugees have to be dealt with as human beings, stresses senior UN official

08 September 2015 – Refugees have to be dealt with as human beings, and the broader migrant community, including economic migrants, cannot be dismissed “with a wave of the hand,” the top United Nations official dealing with migration said today.

Literacy for all ‘must stand at the heart’ of new sustainable development agenda – UNESCO chief

08 September 2015 – Urging governments and partners to join forces for universal literacy as a key component of “the future we want,” the United Nations is emphasizing that literacy is essential to reach the newly-proposed Sustainable Development Goal on promoting inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

In Beijing, UN chief urges China to help build momentum ahead of Paris climate change conference

03 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and called for Beijing’s continued support for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

Civilians in Syria suffering ‘a living tragedy’ with no end in sight, UN human rights expert warns

03 September 2015 – With nearly half Syria’s population now displaced or made refugees by a “protracted and chaotic” conflict, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today warned that while the world watches, civilians, Syrians of all backgrounds, are being subjected to war crimes, as well as other gross violations of their human rights.

Yemen: UN calls for unimpeded access to people in need as fighting intensifies in southwestern region

03 September 2015 – Air strikes, armed confrontation and looting across Taiz governorate in Yemen have exacerbated an already desperate situation, dramatically escalating humanitarian suffering, the United Nations relief wing warned today, urging unimpeded access to those in need.

Backing UN ‘Agenda 2030,’ parliamentary leaders pledge to place democracy at service of sustainable development

02 September 2015 – Parliamentary leaders from some 140 countries today declared that the United Nations must remain the cornerstone of global cooperation as an Organization that embodies the ardent hope of people around the world and pledged to place “democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development for the world the people want.”