Monthly Archives: September 2017

2909, 2017

Half a million Rohingya arrive in Bangladesh; UN agencies rush to provide shelter, clean water

September 29th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it has started distributing plastic sheeting and essential relief items to Rohingyas arriving in from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh, as part of a massive effort to cut the time refugees spend in the open.

“The latest estimate of the number of Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh since […]

2909, 2017

UN health agency recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health

September 29th, 2017|Health, News|

The suffering of those infected with parasitic intestinal can be drastically reduced with periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment, according to new guidelines approved by the United Nations health agency.

“There is now global evidence-based consensus that periodic, large-scale deworming is the best way to reduce the suffering caused by intestinal worms,” said Dirk Engels, Director of […]

2909, 2017

Over half of schools remain closed in epicentre of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria – UNICEF

September 29th, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

About 57 per cent of all schools are closed in Nigeria’s Borno state, worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency and the subsequent humanitarian crisis, leaving an estimated 3 million children in need of emergency education support, even as the new school year begins, the United Nations child agency said today.

“Children in northeast Nigeria are […]

2809, 2017

UN maritime agency spotlights link between shipping and sustainable development

September 28th, 2017|News|

Marking the World Maritime Day, the head of the United Nations maritime agency today highlighted contributions the shipping industry can make to the achievement of the global development goals.

“Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade. The port and maritime sectors […]

2809, 2017

Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya ‘just tip of the iceberg’ – UN agency

September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Warning that the horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing unrest in Myanmar could be “just the tip of the iceberg,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored the need to ensure that such violence is prevented and called for additional resources so that it can reach all those […]

2809, 2017

FEATURE: See what happened when the world came together at the UN

September 28th, 2017|News, SDG Media Zone|

Every year in September, world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level session. The diplomatic confab draws veteran politicians as well as new faces from all corners of the globe in what is always an interesting and intense week for all involved. Also in attendance are representatives […]

2809, 2017

Some 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, UN health agency warns

September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

About 25 million unsafe abortions, accounting for 45 per cent of all abortions, occurred every year from 2010 to 2014 worldwide, with 97 per cent of those unsafe procedures occurring in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a new United Nations study has found.

“Increased efforts report are needed, especially in developing regions, to ensure […]

2809, 2017

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars in the country.

In a tweet, the UN chief noted that ending the restrictions represents an “important step in the right direction.”

According to reports, under the new law, women can legally obtain a driving licence without asking a male guardian for […]

2809, 2017

‘Time to stamp out human trafficking,’ says Guterres; UN pledges action to eradicate ‘heinous crime’

September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Secretary-General|

With tens of millions of human trafficking victims worldwide, “now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice,” Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres today told a high-level meeting at which Member States adopted a political Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement a United Nations action plan to end the scourge.

“Human trafficking is all around us, in […]

2709, 2017

North Africa set to adopt 5-year plan to boost youth employment – UN labour agency

September 27th, 2017|News, Youth|

 With a youth unemployment rate at 28.8 per cent – twice the global average – countries in North Africa need to adopt a broader, more concerted response to tackle the crisis, the United Nations labour agency warned today.

“Arguably the single biggest global development challenge in the decades to come will be the need to integrate hundreds of […]