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Global life expectancy up five years since 2000, but gains uneven – UN health agency

19 May 2016 – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major health inequalities persist within and among countries, a new report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.


UN deputy chief calls for greater integration efforts to meet challenges of refugees in urban areas

18 May 2016 – More than half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, and often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, stressing the importance of integration efforts that enable refugees to benefit from the opportunities cities offer so that they can ultimately have a dignified life.


‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities

18 May 2016 – While cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges, according to a new United Nations report.


‘Nobody Left Outside’ campaign launched as UN warns of dire shelter conditions for refugees

18 May 2016 – A half-billion-dollar shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, as it launched a new campaign that calls on the private sector to contribute funds for shelter solutions for two million refugees.


Yemeni people must be at centre of reinvigorated crisis response – senior UN relief official

17 May 2016 – A senior United Nations relief official today called for increased global efforts to support the more than 13 million people in need of immediate, life-saving assistance in Yemen, following his visit to the conflict-torn country.


International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health, well-being of LGBTI people

17 May 2016 – Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations today called on the global community to take action to ensure that all people have an equal right to live healthy lives free from violence, persecution, stigma, and discrimination.


On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

17 May 2016 – The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


New guidelines on improving care for female genital mutilation issued by UN health agency

16 May 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released new guidelines aimed at helping health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.