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Emotional family reunions highlight need for psychosocial care for all girls abducted by Boko Haram

19 October 2016 – After more than two years of being held hostage by Boko Haram insurgents in north-east Nigeria, the 21 recently-released Chibok school girls have finally been reunited with their families, however, their return emphasizes the necessity of urgent and intensive psychosocial care, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’

19 October 2016 – As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a time when the region as a whole needs moderate forces” to stand up to rising radicalization.

UN anti-crime chief urges better use of Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

17 October 2016 – Citing indisputable negative impacts of transnational organized crime on people’s lives and societies, the United Nations top anti-crime official today stressed the need to make better use of the existing global convention and its protocols to tackle this illicit act.

Concerned by recent violence in Myanmar, UN aid chief calls for stronger humanitarian action

14 October 2016 – Concluding a three-day mission to Myanmar today, the top United Nations aid official called on all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences and urged strengthened humanitarian action to support the people affected by violence in the Southeast Asian country.

New UN report urges Liberia to act on rape – ‘legacy’ of impunity from 14-year civil conflict

14 October 2016 – A United Nations report released today documents the high incidence of rape in Liberia and the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and provides a number of recommendations to the Government, other national and international stakeholders, including the UN, to urgently combat the scourge.

Pivotal role midwives play in keeping mothers and newborns alive must be recognized – UN

13 October 2016 – The first global survey of midwifery personnel has revealed that too often, midwives face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, calling for an end to the discrimination and lack of respect that hinder their ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

UN mission 'extremely concerned' over increased incidents of violence across South Sudan

12 October 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today that it is “extremely concerned” over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between Government and opposition forces in Leer town.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016 – Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

South Sudan: Alarmed by violence in Yei, UN mission calls for immediate end to hostilities

10 October 2016 – Extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where an estimated 100,000 people are trapped, the United Nations mission in the African country today called on warring factions to immediately end all hostilities.

Labour disparity between girls and boys perpetuates gender stereotypes, UNICEF report shows

07 October 2016 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today released a report warning that the worldwide disparity between unpaid household chores assumed by girls aged five through 14 as compared to their male counterparts, amounts to 40 per cent more time – or 160 million more hours a day.