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Children will bear the brunt of climate change – UNICEF report

24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.

Tunisia: UN condemns deadly attack on bus carrying presidential guards

24 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council this evening condemned the attack today in Tunis against a bus carrying Presidential Guards, which resulted in many deaths and injuries.

Ban appoints veteran British political, peacebuilding adviser to head UN assistance mission in Somalia

23 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Michael Keating of the United Kingdom as his new Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Recent floods damage supply routes, vital infrastructure in Somalia, UN relief wing warns

23 November 2015 – The floods caused by recent heavy rainfalls in South Central Somalia have led to an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, an escalation of local commodity prices, and an epidemic in water-borne diseases, the United Nations relief wing has warned in the latest situation update on the country.

Mali: UN Police help Mali Government probe of deadly terrorist attack

23 November 2015 – United Nations police are providing Mali with support and technical expertise in the investigation of Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on the Radisson hotel in Bamako, the West African country’s capital.

Cambodia: political crackdown reaching a 'dangerous tipping point' warns UN rights expert

23 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia's main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regarding the human rights of the Cambodian people.

Armed robbery of UN-partner compound in South Sudan condemned by senior relief official

23 November 2015 – The top United Nations relief official in South Sudan today strongly condemned the armed robbery in Juba of the compound of a UN-partner organization called Nile Hope.

Amid violence, ‘glaring lack of hope,’ UN deputy chief urges action to break Israeli-Palestinian impasse

23 November 2015 – Nearly 12 months after the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with the aim of generating global engagement on ‘the Question of Palestine,’ security and hope in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, remain at a “very low point,” observed UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson today.

UN seeks common European strategy on health care for refugee and migrant influx

23 November 2015 – As the unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants into Europe strains host countries’ medical resources, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) opened a high-level meeting in Rome today to draft a common strategy on health care for the newcomers, ranging from prompt vaccination against measles and polio to dealing with childbirth complications.

Nigeria must halt evictions threatening tens of thousands with homelessness – UN expert

23 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police.