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UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

13 January 2017 – The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years.


Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in ‘desperate’ need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports

13 January 2017 – Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned.


INTERVIEW: Space technology can help create a better world – Simonetta Di Pippo, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

13 January 2017 – The heads of national space agencies, government officials and representatives from the space community worldwide are being challenged to get more women into the aerospace industry.


Paying tribute to earthquake victims, UN adviser says ‘Haiti on its path to political stability’

12 January 2017 – Marking the seventh anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, a United Nations special adviser today paid tribute to the victims of the catastrophe which claimed the lives of 200,000 Haitians, as well as 102 UN personnel.


Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Los Palis as part of anti-cholera fight

09 January 2017 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti recently inaugurated the third phase of a project that will provide clean water to the community of Los Palis in the district of Hinche, located in the centre of the Caribbean island nation – part of the world body’s efforts to help the country deal with cholera epidemic there.


HERstory: A celebration of leading women in the United Nations

23 December 2016 – A celebration of women’s achievements has been taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York this month, through photography. On 13 December 2016,  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General-designate António Guterres attended the launch by the Group of Friends for Gender Parity of an historic exhibit to illuminate some of the crucial contributions that women have made throughout the world body’s history – or, as they refer to it, ‘herstory.’


INTERVIEW: Making the 'most impossible job' a possible mission – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

22 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s last day in office is 31 December 2016. That day will be the culmination of a decade of service at the helm of the world body, during which his priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. In addition, he has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.


Population growth in occupied Palestinian territory to drive demand for housing, services – UN

21 December 2016 – The number of people living in Gaza is expected to more than double over the next 30 years, according to a report released this month by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which examines demographic changes and opportunities for development in the Gaza Strip and throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory.


Malaria remains acute public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa – UN report

13 December 2016 – Despite major progress in the fight against malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains an acute public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 90 per cent of the world’s malaria cases, according to an annual flagship report by the World Health Organization (WHO).


‘The price of no change is unacceptable’ – UN and civil society global campaigns aim to end violence against women

10 December 2016 – A global effort to end violence against women is now underway: 16 days of activism began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against and will continue through 10 December, Human Rights Day galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.