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2108, 2017

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

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 perils that […]

2108, 2017

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

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 that the […]

1908, 2017

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

August 19th, 2017|News|

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 Guterres […]

1808, 2017

Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

August 18th, 2017|News|

Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.

“For the millions of people caught in conflict, struggling […]

1708, 2017

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN official stresses ahead of International Day

August 17th, 2017|News|

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.

“The protection of aid workers is paramount,” Stephen O’Brien, the Under-Secretary-General […]

1608, 2017

Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

August 16th, 2017|Health, News|

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.

“Governments that are party to the Convention are now legally bound to take a range of measures to protect human health and the environment by addressing mercury throughout its lifecycle,” […]

1608, 2017

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced by conflict in DR Congo – UN agency

August 16th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due […]

1608, 2017

PGA completes visit to Hong Kong in follow-up to Ocean Conference

August 16th, 2017|News, Oceans, Press material|

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson completed his visit to Hong Kong today. While in Hong Kong, President Thomson met with Government officials, diplomats, professors of Ocean science and environmental actors to discuss follow-up action from The Ocean Conference held at the UN in June 2017.

In his meeting with […]

1408, 2017

Amid soaring food insecurity in DR Congo, UN agencies call for food aid, supplies

August 14th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

More than one in ten people living in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are hungry due to escalating and prolonged conflict and displacement, United Nations agencies today reported, warning that the situation will worsen unless urgent support comes in time.

“7.7 million people face acute hunger– a 30 percent increase over the […]

1208, 2017

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

August 12th, 2017|News, Youth|

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard.

“Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very dangerous […]