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Top stories from the UN

World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.

UN-led conference to mobilize global action to avert 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Yemen

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland will convene a one-day conference in Geneva, tomorrow, to draw global attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen where millions are “close to a breaking point.”

UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern Ukraine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations today called for an investigation into a possible landmine explosion in eastern Ukraine after a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission was killed and two others were injured.

UNESCO launches first-ever policy guide on Holocaust education and genocide prevention

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations educational and cultural agency has launched a first-ever policy guide for education on the Holocaust and, more broadly, genocide and mass atrocities.

Status of declaration on indigenous peoples' rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, senior UN officials today underscored the need to do more to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to benefit from global development agenda, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says 'let's close the gap' in prevention coverage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.

Starvation looms for 20 million, UN agricultural advisory group told at opening session

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the United Nations agricultural chief today warned the UN agency's Council.

Girls worst affected as conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school – UNICEF

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old – about 22 per cent of children in that age group – from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund has said.

Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan tortured, ill-treated in government facilities – UN

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

A record number of people detained by Afghan police say that have been tortured or ill-treated in the past year, according to a new United Nations report, which notes however that the Afghan Government has committed to eliminating torture and ill-treatment in national detention facilities.

Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region.

UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations has welcomed the release and return to their country of 26 Qatari nationals abducted in Muthanna governorate, Iraq, in December 2015.

Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for a cleaner, greener planet, says UN

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasizing on Mother Earth Day.

UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Building resilience for the world's most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank.

Addressing ‘fragility’ of societies key to preventing conflicts, stresses UN chief

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:46:13 EST

Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility – fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.

UN envoy welcomes restored Internet service in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:21 EST

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa was relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon.