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Reflecting on his five-year term, UN deputy chief pins hopes on multilateralism

18 November 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the critical importance of international cooperation in today’s world, arguing that “without it, Governments simply cannot deliver stable, prosperous societies at home.”


Myanmar: UN urges aid access, warns of rights violations after 'lockdown' in northern Rakhine state

18 November 2016 – Deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar, United Nations entities today urged the country's authorities to take immediate actions to address humanitarian and human rights situations.


On World Toilet Day, UN spotlights impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods

18 November 2016 – To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the oft-neglected global sanitation crisis, the United Nations is also spotlighting the impact of sanitation – or lack of it – on livelihoods and work environments.


UN health agency denounces attacks on health facilities in Syria

17 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today condemned attacks on five Syrian hospitals – including two trauma centres and an emergency obstetric centre – as well as a mobile medical clinic, and demanded that all parties to the five-year conflict respect the neutrality of health workers, health facilities and medical supplies.


One month into Mosul battle, UN and partners ‘profoundly concerned’ for civilian safety

17 November 2016 – At the one-month mark of Iraqi military operations to oust terrorists from Mosul, the United Nations and its partners today said tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance and warned that the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a “massive scope” of need.


UN agency responding to severe health risks women and girls face amid Mosul military operation

09 November 2016 – The United Nations estimates that 1.2 to 1.5 million people are currently being affected by the military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS or Da’esh), some quarter million of which are women who potentially need reproductive health services and care for gender-based violence.


General Assembly President outlines strategy for stepped-up implementing UN 2030 Agenda

08 November 2016 – General Assembly President Peter Thomson briefed United Nations Member States today on the implementation strategy for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transformative 17-point framework for ensuring peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.


Aiming to curb pregnancy risks and improve experience, UN launches new prenatal care model

08 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new prenatal care model, designed to enhance pregnancy the experience for women, and reduce the risk of stillbirths and other complications.


ISIL forces civilians towards Mosul airport; UN rights office probes reports of mass graves

08 November 2016 – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have forced 1,500 families towards the airport in Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today, adding that it is also looking into reports of mass graves near the city, where military operations are under way to oust the terrorists.


On International Day, UN cites 'duty of care towards the environment' in peacetime and during conflict

06 November 2016 – To achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of peace, prosperity and dignity for all on a healthy planet, it is essential to recognize the shared duty of care towards the environment in peacetime and during war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.