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Iraq: UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Baghdad

12 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the three terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in Baghdad, which resulted in at least 93 deaths and many more injuries.

Weak world economic growth lingers, with only modest improvement seen – UN

12 May 2016 – With little prospects for a turnaround in 2016, growth in the world economy remains weak, posing a challenge to the implementation of development targets, a new United Nations report released today has found.

FEATURE: New amendment on safeguarding nuclear facilities comes into force, strengthening a weak link in nuclear security

12 May 2016 – After nearly two decades, the Amendment to the United Nations –backed Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) entered into force on 8 May – strengthening nuclear security and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism worldwide.

UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

12 May 2016 – Stronger partnerships between the United Nations and African regional and sub-regional organizations are necessary to sustain the momentum for peacebuilding in Africa and prevent a lapse into violent conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, calling for greater efforts to reinforce initiatives and define the parameters of cooperation.

Syria: first 10 days of May ‘disappointing’ for humanitarian work – UN advisor

12 May 2016 – The first 10 days of May have been “disappointing” for aid work in Syria as the breakdown of a truce made aid deliveries dangerous and difficult to plan, the United Nations-appointed humanitarian adviser said today, as aid agencies announced that Syrian authorities had turned away a convoy to the long-besieged town of Daraya.

New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

12 May 2016 – Disasters associated with slow processes of environmental change – drought, sea level rise and desertification – demonstrate again the growing importance of climate change as a driver of disaster risk, as senior United Nations official said today on the heels of the release of a global report which revealed that more than 19 million people in 2015 were forced from their homes by natural hazards.

UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

12 May 2016 – More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), with populations in low-income cities the most at risk for respiratory diseases and other long-term health problems.

‘New hope’ for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients announced by UN health agency

12 May 2016 – New recommendations from the United Nations’ health agency aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen.