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Modest economic growth not an indication of revived global demand – UN report

17 January 2017 A modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18 should be seen as more of an indication of economic stabilization than a signal of a robust and sustained revival of global demand, a new United Nations economic report has found.

Diversity ‘is richness, not a threat,’ UN chief Guterres tells forum on combatting anti-Muslim discrimination

17 January 2017 In a message to an event spotlighting the growing challenges of anti-Muslim discrimination as well as hatred in various contexts, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appealed today for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity.

Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor

17 January 2017 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).

At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle East

17 January 2017 Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East today told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations.

Donor 'consortium' needed to bolster Haiti's long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says

17 January 2017 A senior United Nations adviser called today for a new “consortium” of donors committed to improving Haiti's water supply and sanitation services to help finally eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moïse.

One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UN agency finds

17 January 2017 More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

At Cape Town Forum, UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps

17 January 2017 With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women and only 13 per cent of countries having a dedicated gender statistics budget, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum today explored ways to close these data gaps

Bullies target physical appearance, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation – UN reports

17 January 2017 Nearly a quarter of a billion children and young people world-wide are bullied each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations educational and cultural agency, which found that bullies like to pick on children because of their looks, have ethnic or cultural differences, or due to gender or sexual orientation.

Somalia: Only early action will avert another catastrophe, says senior UN relief official

17 January 2017 Faced with a 'slight but steady' increase in the number of people in need, the humanitarian community in Somalia launched today an $864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the United Nations relief wing reported.

Ethiopia: UN-backed humanitarian appeal launched, seeking $948 million in 2017

17 January 2017 On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk.

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