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FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

02 December 2016 – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


UN agency urges Governments to recognize people fleeing war-plagued countries as refugees

02 December 2016 – Faced with record displacement due to conflict, the United Nations has moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war, who are not recognized as refugees by some States.


Iraq: ‘Staggering’ number of civilian casualties in November; Baghdad hardest hit, says UN

02 December 2016 – Last month, Iraq suffered thousands of deaths and injuries – including by a significant number of civilians – in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis ‘can no longer be ignored,’ UN says, launching $1 billion appeal

02 December 2016 – With the scale of human suffering in north-eastern Nigeria becoming clearer as the Government has pushed Boko Haram insurgents from more and more areas, the United Nations today launched a $1 billion funding appeal to address the needs of those in crisis, and announced that nearly 75 partner agencies are on standby to respond where areas are accessible.


On International Day, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

02 December 2016 – Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.


Already overstretched, aid agencies in Somalia need more resources to tackle severe drought – UN

02 December 2016 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, appealed today for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance, with relief agencies already overstretched as the country faces severe drought conditions, including food and water shortages.


Syria: UN refugee agency spotlights growing shelter needs as thousands flee Aleppo violence

02 December 2016 – While reiterating its extreme concern about the civilian population in Syria’s war-battered Aleppo, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is also focusing on the rapidly growing shelter needs for thousands of people fleeing the city’s eastern neighbourhoods.


Maldives: Concerned by 'increasing polarization, Ban calls for parties to work toward inclusive dialogue

02 December 2016 – Concerned by the increasing polarization in the Maldives, which has made dialogue among the Government and political parties increasingly difficult, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged all concerned to work toward an inclusive dialogue.


UN chief commends peaceful polls in Gambia, congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the people of Gambia for the peaceful and orderly manner in which yesterday's presidential election was held and congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow.