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UN health agency urges expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV

30 November 2015 – Expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV is the key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation, the World Health Organization announced on the eve of World AIDS Day, presenting new “treat all” recommendations to enable countries to expand treatment rapidly and efficiently.

In Malta, Ban urges Commonwealth leaders to join UN in 'final push' to wipe out polio

28 November 2015 – A world that may have once seemed unimaginable is within reach – a polio-free world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging leaders gathered in Malta for the Commonwealth Summit to build on the momentum that has been generated in recent years and join the United Nations in making “the final push to wipe out polio forever.”

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 – UNICEF

26 November 2015 – Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls with quality education and a host of other protective services.

UNAIDS: millions receiving HIV treatment globally through accelerated and focused response

24 November 2015 – Citing “extraordinary” progress in HIV prevention and response in the last 15 years, a new United Nations report found that many countries are adopting the Fast-Track Strategy developed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which allows more people to receive timely treatment for HIV, in an effort to end AIDS by 2030, as part of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

UN: more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid

24 November 2015 – Some 21.2 million people in Yemen – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of assistance to meet their basic needs, according to a recently-published overview of the country’s humanitarian needs for the next year carried out by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Marking World Toilet Day, UN urges ‘open, frank’ discussion on importance of hygiene and sanitation

19 November 2015 – On World Toilet Day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging broad action to renew efforts in providing access to adequate sanitation for all and work to comprehensively address the “vicious cycle” connecting poor sanitation and malnutrition, the theme of this year's observance of the Day.

Yemen: UN warns humanitarian situation has deteriorated 'drastically' as conflict claims 5,700 lives

18 November 2015 – The United Nations said today that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in over 32,000 casualties, with people 5,700 killed, including 830 women and children, alongside a sharp rise in human rights violations – nearly 8,875 or an average of 43 violations occurring every day.

Special UN event stresses key role of water management in tackling challenges of climate change

18 November 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting on the links between water management and disaster risk reduction today, stressing that floods, droughts and cyclones have caused more than $1 trillion in damages and affected over 4 billion people since 1990.

UN calls on countries to protect health from impacts of climate change

17 November 2015 – With the United Nations climate conference (COP21) starting in Paris in less than two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) today underlined that climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, and called on countries to take strong actions to address the issue.

Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.