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263 stories found over the past 45 days
Gambia: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Barrow

19 January 2017 – Urging all Gambian parties to respect the outcome of the 1 December election recognizing Adama Barrow as the country’s President-elect, the United Nations Security Council today expressed its support for the commitment of West African States to “ensure, by political means first, respect of the will of the people.”


Syria: Ceasefire a ‘disappointment’ for aid access; UN envoy invited to Astana talks

19 January 2017 – Despite a cessation of hostilities in war-ravaged Syria, aid workers are still unable to reach many people desperately needing assistance, the United Nations reported today, also announcing that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will attend upcoming talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.


UN rights expert urges Saudi Arabia to use economic plan to bolster women’s rights

19 January 2017 – An independent United Nations expert today urged Saudi officials to use their bold new plan for economic transformation to improve the human rights of women and the poor.


UN agency eyes recycling wastewater for large-scale farming

19 January 2017 – With agricultural land thirsty and water increasingly scarce, the United Nations agricultural agency is today hosting an international event to discuss the use of municipal liquid waste for farming.


Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

19 January 2017 – More than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing out on education, despite a sharp increase in enrolment rates, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.


UN agencies, partners launch new plan to address plight of refugees and migrants in Europe

19 January 2017 – The United Nations refugee and migration agencies along with a host of partners today unveiled a new strategy and appeal to help address the challenges confronting hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe.


At Security Council, top UN political official outlines status of resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme

18 January 2017 – Briefing the United Nations Security Council on its resolution 2231, which endorsed a plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme, the top UN political official called on the international community for continued support and contribution to the implementation of the agreement.


Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo

18 January 2017 – Amid an overall scale-up in relief operations in Syria, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za’tari, approved today $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Aleppo.


Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger – UN agencies report

18 January 2017 – While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said today.


2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

18 January 2017 – The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported today, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice.