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Adolescent deaths from AIDS have tripled since 2000, warns new UNICEF study

The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years with 26 new infections occurring every hour, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today and warned that “it is critical that young people who are HIV-positive... Read More

Use Pope’s visit to restore peace, UN refugee agency tells Central African Republic’s warring sides

The United Nations refugee agency called on warring groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) today to use Pope Francis’s visit this weekend to rebuild national reconciliation after renewed violence since September triggered an 18 per cent increase in internally... Read More

Indigenous people need support to reinforce resilience against climate change – UNESCO

Building resilience “is deeply rooted in [the] lifestyles and social solidarity” of the more than 400 million indigenous people – from the Samis of northern Europe, Berbers in Morocco to Vanuatu communities in the Pacific – who are feeling the... Read More

UN agencies concerned about worsening humanitarian conditions of displaced Iraqis in Kurdistan

A recent assessment conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and REACH initiative found that the humanitarian situation of Iraqis displaced in the Kurdistan region of Iraq is worsening due to limited access... Read More

UN nuclear watchdog's work impacting lives worldwide, says Agency chief

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today delivered an opening statement at the meeting of its Board of Governors by addressing issues of technical cooperation, nuclear applications, nuclear energy, safety and security, and nuclear verification.... Read More

Pope Francis calls for strong climate agreement during visit to UN office in Nairobi

During a visit to UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the upcoming Paris climate change meeting (COP21), stating that transforming current development models is a “political and economic obligation.”... Read More

Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security – UN

Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing... Read More

'Nothing has changed' – UN expert on DPR Korea says two years after key human rights report

A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to... Read More

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 – UNICEF

Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on... Read More

“If we take action now, we can address climate change and build a sustainable future” – Janos Pasztor

Just days away from the kick-off of the 21st United Nations climate change conference — widely known as COP21 — the UN is reminding its main actors that this conference must be a turning point for climate action. The two-week... Read More

Ukraine: UN humanitarian agencies step up aid deliveries as bitter winter takes hold

United Nations agencies are stepping up aid deliveries to non-Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine where more than 100,000 people, cut off from assistance for months, are now facing added hardship with the approach of the bitter east European winter. ... Read More

UN rights office alarmed by Nepal’s violation on use of force towards protestors

Alarmed by latest killings in violent clashes over the weekend in Nepal, bringing the death toll to at least 50 since protests against the new Constitution began in August, the United Nations human rights office today urged Nepalese authorities to... Read More

Africa’s Sahel region can become hotbed for terrorist recruitment, UN official warns

Without international aid to improve education and jobs, the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa will become fertile ground for recruiting terrorists among its tens of millions of disadvantaged people, the top United Nations official for the region warned the Security... Read More

Ban tells world why he cares ‘so deeply’ about climate change

Reminding the world that the sooner action is taken to tackle climate change, the greater the benefits for all, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that for the nearly nine years, he has been at the head of the... Read More

Burundi: UN rights chief deplores suspension of human rights groups, warns of ‘civil war’

The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the Burundian authorities’ suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including several working on peace and human rights issues, warning against a relapse into “full-fledged civil war.” ... Read More

New UN guidelines seek to make genetic diversity part of climate change adaptation

With the United Nations climate change conference in Paris just days away, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has issued new voluntary guidelines to assist countries in better managing and sustainably using genetic resources while addressing climate change. ... Read More

On eve of Paris climate summit, UN weather agency delivers ‘bad news’ for planet, cites record heat

In the last major report before world leaders meet in Paris to draft measures to counter global warming, the United Nations weather agency today delivered “bad news for the planet,” warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year... Read More

Retail company provides $10 million in funds for refugees through UN agency partnership

Tokyo-based Fast Retailing Company Limited, which owns the UNIQLO clothing chain has partnered with the United Nation refugee agency to announce a new agreement to support refugees worldwide, including provision of $10 million in funds and distribution of winter wear... Read More

UN agencies release updated guidelines for countries on pesticide legislation and labelling

Some 30 years to the day after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory... Read More

On International Day, UN urges concerted action to create a world where women and girls live free from violence

Expressing deep concern about atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, as well as the domestic abuse found globally, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women... Read More