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On World Day, UN spotlights role of maritime transport as backbone of global economy

29 September 2016 – The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world and to meeting the challenges of the sustainable development agenda, top UN officials declared today, as the international community marked World Maritime Day.


A settlement to Cypriot dispute ‘closer than ever before, but there’s still a way to go’ – UN Special Adviser

28 September 2016 – On 22 August 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had appointed Mr. Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus, replacing Mr. Alexander Downer of Australia, who had stepped down four months earlier, in April.


‘No words left’ to describe suffering of children in Aleppo –UNICEF

28 September 2016 – Children in Aleppo are trapped in a “living nightmare,” a senior official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, stressing yet again, the direness of the situation, particularly for the children, in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo.


Republic of Korea: UN rights expert calls for probe in death of 69-year old protester

28 September 2016 – Expressing dismay over the death of a protestor who was injured by the police use of a water cannon on a peaceful rally last year in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has called for a full investigation into the incident and to ensure that such a “tragedy” is never repeated.


UN health agency declares elimination of measles in the Americas

28 September 2016 – The region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, the United Nations health agency has declared.


Ban calls on UN Security Council for decisive steps to end attacks on hospitals, medical staff

28 September 2016 – Denouncing a surge in “horrific attacks” on hospitals, clinics and medical staff, most recently in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council today to take decisive steps to end such obvious war crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.


Improved UN database spotlights huge global disparities in access to cancer care

28 September 2016 – A revamped global database launched today by the United Nations atomic agency highlights startling disparities across the world when it comes to access to treatment and care for cancer.


UN food relief agency reaches town in northern Iraq for first time in two years

28 September 2016 – For the first time in more than two years, the United Nations food relief agency has distributed urgently-needed food for people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat, which was under siege and cut off from humanitarian access from 2014 until earlier this month.


On World Day, UN urges rabies control beyond human and animal health services

28 September 2016 – Officials at the United Nations today urged human and animal health authorities around the world to step up and more effectively address rabies – a preventable but fatal disease that still claims the lives of an estimated 60,000 people each year – as the international community marks World Rabies Day.


UN pays tribute to Shimon Peres, 'tireless' worker for Middle East peace

28 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials have paid tribute to Shimon Peres, former Israeli President and the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who passed away early Wednesday at the age of 93.