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Some 3.2 billion people now online, but number still falls short of Internet target – UN report

30 November 2015 Some 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population, but the number still falls significantly short of reaching the anticipated goal of 60 per cent by 2020, according to a United Nations report released today.

DR Congo: Ban condemns attack on UN base, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

30 November 2015 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for swift action to bring to justice the perpetrators of a deadly attack yesterday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), pledging continued support in the battle against rebel forces.

Human cost of Iraq crisis is ‘devastating,’ UN deputy relief chief warns, urging increased humanitarian aid

30 November 2015 Warning of a further “dramatic” worsening of the humanitarian situation in Iraq, a senior United Nations relief official today urged increased international support to assist millions in need and to rebuild areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) so people can return to their homes “voluntarily and safely.”

Racism will not disappear from football stadiums ‘by magic,’ warns UNESCO report

30 November 2015 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the professional Italian association football club Juventus have issued the first exhaustive overview of the effort to tackle and root out discrimination and racism in the world’s most popular spectator sport.

‘Hidden epidemic’ of HIV hitting adolescents in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies warn

30 November 2015 The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, with an estimated 50,000 new infections in 2014 among those aged 15 to 19, United Nations agencies reported today, calling on Governments to develop specifically targeted prevention strategies.

Nepal: millions of children at risk this winter due to severe shortage of essential supplies, UNICEF warns

30 November 2015 Due to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, more than three million children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months in Nepal, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

COP21: Ban tells world leaders ‘a political moment like this may not come again’

30 November 2015 Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

More than a million children need urgent assistance in conflict-torn Central African Republic – UNICEF

30 November 2015 Nearly three years after the “devastating” conflict began in the Central African Republic (CAR), an estimated 1.2 million children are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

COP21: on eve of UN climate conference, Ban says 'time for action is now'

29 November 2015 On the eve of the opening in Paris of the United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries and all sectors of society to act now to reach a new universal climate agreement.

Burkina Faso: with elections under way, Ban calls on all parties to ensure peaceful polls

29 November 2015 With presidential and legislative elections under way in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all national stakeholders to uphold their commitments throughout the process and urged them to ensure the polls are conducted peacefully.

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