Monthly Archives: August 2017

30 08, 2017

UN agriculture chief says Uganda ‘leading example’ of sustainable refugee response

2017-11-16T15:32:51+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

The head of the United Nations agriculture agency today called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country's north hosting those crossing the border for safety. “Uganda's refugee model is an example to the world,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José [...]

29 08, 2017

Children’s access to safe water and sanitation is a right, not a privilege – UNICEF

2017-11-16T15:32:51+00:00 August 29th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

In countries beset by violence, displacement, conflict and instability, children's most basic means of survival – water – must be a priority, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, warning that children living in fragile situations are four times more likely to lack access to drinking water. “Children's access to safe water and sanitation, [...]

28 08, 2017

At start of World Water Week, UN Assembly President says water and sanitation goals need ‘major push’

2017-08-28T21:45:59+00:00 August 28th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected. “None should imagine that the state of sanitation and coral reefs are anything but directly connected,” Mr. Thomson said, delivering the keynote address at special event in Stockholm to [...]

28 08, 2017

UN Mongolia initiates graffiti art campaign on SDGs

2017-11-16T15:32:52+00:00 August 28th, 2017|News|

Young graffiti artists painted the outside wall of the UN House in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals this month. Each unique art piece represents the artist’s interpretation of one of the 17 goals. More info available here from the UN in Mongolia:

25 08, 2017

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

2017-08-25T18:47:14+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Climate change, News|

With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation. “Many APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] economies have already felt the full force of agricultural losses from natural disasters in recent [...]

24 08, 2017

UN releases $2.5 million from pooled fund to tackle energy crisis in Gaza

2017-08-24T20:22:01+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Energy, News|

With Gaza entering its fourth month of a serious energy crisis, the United Nations today released a further $2.5 million from a pooled humanitarian fund to cover urgent needs in the Palestinian enclave. “The serious decline in living conditions in Gaza continues,” said UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), [...]

23 08, 2017

Emigration and food insecurity in Central American ‘dry corridor’ focus of new UN-backed study

2017-11-16T15:32:52+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

A new inter-agency study released today found a correlation between prolonged droughts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – exacerbated by El Niño phenomenon from 2014 to 2016 – and the increase in irregular migration from these countries to the United States, the United Nations food relief agency reported. “The study provides an important insight [...]

21 08, 2017

UN Assembly President rings Nasdaq bell; sounds alarm on behalf of world’s endangered ocean

2017-11-16T15:32:53+00:00 August 21st, 2017|News, Oceans|

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress. “The ocean is in trouble,” said Peter Thomson prior to ringing the Opening Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market in its Times Square headquarters. Outlining the [...]

21 08, 2017

UN labour agency launches global panel to address rapid transformations in the world of work

2017-08-21T19:48:58+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Economic growth, News|

The United Nations labour agency has launched a high-level international body that will chart the course towards a future of decent and sustainable work opportunities for all, and to tackle the challenges of delivering social justice in today's rapidly transforming world of work. “It is fundamentally important that we confront these challenges from the conviction [...]

19 08, 2017

‘Civilians are Not a Target,’ says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

2017-11-16T15:32:53+00:00 August 19th, 2017|News, Secretary-General|

On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them. “Let the world know: Civilians are Not A Target,” underscored Secretary-General António [...]