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Economic development in Africa centres around urbanization – UN-backed report

With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, how Africa urbanizes will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, a new report presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found. ... Read More

New report shows nearly half UN relief agency’s schools affected by conflicts across Middle East

Nearly half of the 692 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) across the region have been impacted, attacked or otherwise rendered inoperable by conflict or violence in the... Read More

With many plant and animal species ‘hanging on by a thread,’ UN urges action to tackle wildlife crime

The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species across the global present real environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, urging shared responsibility among the international community... Read More

UN report paints mixed picture of global responses to declining air quality

Noting that from 2008 to 2013, air pollution levels in urban areas increased by eight per cent, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) spotlights the need to support introduction of more renewable energies and clean cook... Read More

WHS: New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. ... Read More

WHS: Humanitarian aid is ‘failing’ – in an interview, UN advisor tells why

The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey. ... Read More

Sri Lanka: Deadly tropical storm displaces more than 230,000, UN relief wing reports

The United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that at least 84 people have died, another 116 are missing, and more than 230,000 are displaced following a severe tropical storm this past week that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22... Read More

WHS: Humanitarian aid is ‘failing’ – UN advisor tells why

The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey. ... Read More

Amid Boko Haram violence, situation worsens for displaced in southeast Niger – UN

Security and humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in southeast Niger, where hundreds of thousands of people settled after fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. ... Read More

WHS interview: UN advisor addresses why humanitarian aid is ‘failing’

The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey. ... Read More

WHS: ‘We need to solve humanitarian crises together,’ says UNESCO envoy Forest Whitaker

On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action... Read More

WHS: ‘We need to solve these crises together,’ says UNESCO envoy Forest Whitaker

On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action... Read More

Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue following trilateral meeting with Ban in Qatar

The delegation of the Government of Yemen returned to the negotiating table in Kuwait in the latest round of peace talks today, with the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country holding a plenary this morning with both delegations, a... Read More

DR Congo: UN envoy urges ‘patriotic reawakening’ to ease rising political tensions

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed deep concern about the increasing political tensions in some parts of the Central African country, urging both the majority and opposition sides to reawaken their patriotism.... Read More

WHS: New fund launched at UN humanitarian summit to address education in crisis zones

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced the launch of a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. ... Read More

In Vienna, UN Crime Commission opens with call to advance justice, rule of law

The main United Nations anti-crime forum opened in Vienna today with calls to strengthen justice and the rule of law and help build resilient institutions in support of the global development goals, which recognize the connections between poverty, security, crime... Read More

Ban condemns terrorist attacks killing dozens of civilians in two coastal Syrian cities

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks today that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous. ... Read More

UN health agency spotlights role of health in sustainable development as governing body begins session

Health holds a prominent and central role that benefits the entire sustainable development agenda, because the ultimate objective of all development activities is to sustain human lives in good health, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today,... Read More

UN Environment Assembly opens in Nairobi aiming to ensure ‘healthy planet, with healthy people’

Hundreds of key global decision-makers are gathering in Kenya today for the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), aiming to tackle some of the most critical issues facing our planet, from the air pollution that kills millions of people every... Read More

On International Day, UN urges end of obstetric fistula ‘within a generation’

Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. ... Read More