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New secure Internet app aids UN peacekeeping maintain and share statistics

23 May 2017 The United Nations peacekeeping office today announced a new software application that is enhancing efficiency and situational awareness in the field.

Samples from alleged chemical attacks in Syria reveal evidence of sulfur mustard, sarin – UN official

23 May 2017 A fact-finding mission in Syria has found evidence of sulfur mustard in samples taken from an alleged attack on 16 September 2016, while samples from a 4 April incident have revealed exposure to sarin or a sarin-like substance, the United Nations disarmament chief told the Security Council today.

FEATURE: "We invest in peace"

23 May 2017 More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers serving around the world will be honoured this month as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May.

UN resilience ‘scorecard’ to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers

23 May 2017 As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by 2020.

Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali

23 May 2017 Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region.

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

23 May 2017 The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the United Nations health agency, today elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

One year after humanitarian summit, UN stresses reforms to put people ‘at heart’ of decision-making

23 May 2017 The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul rallied global actors to save lives and protect the most vulnerable, but with the number of people in need growing, the international community must use resources better and galvanize new partnerships, top United Nations officials said today.

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

23 May 2017 The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa.

INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

23 May 2017 According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.

UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Manchester concert

23 May 2017 Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned yesterday's horrific terrorist attack targeting crowd gathering for a concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom, while the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence to honor the victims.

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