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Renewed deadly clashes in north-central Somalia send thousands fleeing in October – UN

24 October 2016 – Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured due to ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, over the past two weeks, according to the United Nations humanitarian wing, which also reported today that more than 75,000 people have been displaced, though local authorities have indicated that the number could be higher as more people continue to flee the violence.


On World Polio Day, UN kicks off weeklong campaign to immunize 5.8 million Iraqi children

24 October 2016 – Two United Nations agencies will support the Iraqi Ministry of Health in marking World Polio Day by launching a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against the infectious viral disease.


Global Goals can 'propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,' Ban says on UN Day

24 October 2016 – In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous UN staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to respond to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world.


'Wonder Woman' appointed UN honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

21 October 2016 – Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.


DR Congo security forces used ‘excessive force’ against protesters, UN probe finds

21 October 2016 – State agents, such as police and armed forces, used excessive – including lethal – force during demonstrations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), last month, when at least 53 people were killed over two days, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested, a United Nations preliminary investigation revealed today.


‘Crimes of historic proportions’ being committed in Aleppo, UN rights chief warns

21 October 2016 – Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria’s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as “crimes of historic proportions” the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to “speak with one voice” in an effort to end the bloodshed.


UN human rights expert calls upon Afghan Government to urgently address displacement crisis

20 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) today urged the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to strengthen efforts and collaboration in order to support the increasing number of people who are leaving their homes due to a deteriorating security situation within the country.


Protecting people and planet from ‘invisible killer’ is focus of UN health campaign to tackle air pollution

20 October 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet.


With people in southern Madagascar ‘living on the brink,' UN scales up efforts to avert food crisis

20 October 2016 – Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar – 840,000 people – is experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, United Nations agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe.


Sri Lanka: UN rights expert urges Government to take concrete steps to protect minorities

20 October 2016 – In her first information-gathering visit to Sri Lanka, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, stressed the importance of renewed support for minority rights by the Government, including a plan for specific and urgent measures.