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Top musicians release ‘love song’ to Earth to inspire action at UN climate conference

Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change. ... Read More

Celebrities join UNICEF and Global Goals to launch ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ on sustainable development

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Goals campaign today launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN... Read More

UN humanitarian air service in dire need funds of to continue life-saving work in Sudan – UN agency

A lack of funding in Sudan could have serious repercussions on the ground, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today, warning that the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which serves as a vital aid link in the country, needs nearly... Read More

Ban condemns terrorist attack on Yemeni mosque that leaves more than 30 dead

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today strongly condemned the suicide attack against a mosque in the northern Jarraf district of Sana’a in Yemen. ... Read More

Yemen: UN emergency fund releases $15 million for critical aid operations

The head of the United Nations humanitarian wing today released an emergency allocation of $15 million to help alleviate the “almost incomprehensible” scale of human suffering in Yemen where a “shocking” four out of every five Yemenis are lacking in... Read More

Citing marginal gains, UN human rights chief warns Central African Republic still ‘gripped by fear’

The human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is far better than it was at the height of the conflict in late 2013 and early 2014, but is still a cause of anxiety for both the country’s own... Read More

G20 weighed down by weak economic growth and lack of decent jobs – UN backed report

In advance of the Group of 20 (G20) meetings taking place this week in Ankara, Turkey, a United Nations-backed inter-agency report has warned that growth among the economies of those countries has slowed considerably over the last three years and... Read More

UN urges Europe to admit 200,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war zones

Declaring that Europe is facing “a moment of truth” with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up... Read More

UN urges Europe to admit 200,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war zones

Declaring that Europe is facing “a moment of truth” with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up... Read More

Ukraine: UN agencies call for urgent action to stop spread of polio virus

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) called today on parents in Ukraine to vaccinate their children following a confirmed polio outbreak in the country. ... Read More

‘Shock must be matched by action,’ UNICEF chief says as Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis deepens

As the “heart-breaking” image of a drowned refugee boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey ricocheted around the world on social media, along with equally painful images of children lying suffocated in the backs of trucks crossing borders... Read More

Liberia again declared free of Ebola transmission as number of cases remains stable in wider West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, as the number of cases in the rest of West Africa remained... Read More

Guatemala: following President’s resignation, Ban calls for peaceful elections

Taking note of the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he trusted that the authorities would abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition. ... Read More

Spotlighting sustainable development, ‘Global Goals’ campaign launched at UN

As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups is uniting to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time... Read More

India teams up with UN-backed alliance to accelerate financial inclusion for all

The Government of India has taken a step closer to becoming a cashless economy by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, a (UNCDF) initiative that helps enable countries transition to electronic payments. ... Read More

In Beijing, UN chief urges China to help build momentum ahead of Paris climate change conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and called for Beijing’s continued support for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. ... Read More

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Philippine journalist, calls for inquiry

The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom condemned today the killing of Philippine journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado, who was shot by unknown assailants on 27 August in Ozamiz City in the Philippines. ... Read More

Civilians in Syria suffering ‘a living tragedy’ with no end in sight, UN human rights expert warns

With nearly half Syria’s population now displaced or made refugees by a “protracted and chaotic” conflict, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today warned that while the world watches, civilians, Syrians of all backgrounds, are being subjected... Read More

Amid ongoing crisis largely ignored by world, Myanmar floods deal major blow to agriculture – UN agency

Heavy storms, floods and landslides across nearly all of Myanmar have destroyed huge swaths of rice paddies, as well as fish and shrimp ponds, and are expected to severely limit the availability of food if aid is not provided to... Read More

Conflict keeps millions of children out of school in Middle East and North Africa, warns new UNICEF report

More than 13 million – that is the number of children who are prevented from attending school by surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new report released by the United Nations... Read More