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  • Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

    Dec 9, 2017

    Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

    Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

  • More countries acting to combat antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture

    Nov 16, 2017

    More countries acting to combat antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture

    Efforts to confront the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on farms and in food systems are gathering momentum, thanks to strong backing by governments and technical support that is boosting national capacities to respond to the problem, FAO said today.

  • The world’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply

    Nov 8, 2017

    The world’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply

    While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to USD 1.413 trillion, a 6 percent increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record according to FAO's latest Food Outlook report published today.

  • Message on United Nations Day

    Oct 23, 2017

    Message on United Nations Day

    A message of the Secretary General on the United Nations Day

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Oct 10, 2017

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Answering the Call to End Poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”, celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the creation of this international day and the idea behind it: that hunger, lack of education, and violence are not inevitable. That extreme poverty must be something we all strive to eradicate.

  • Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

    Oct 2, 2017

    Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

    Dr. Kanem brings to the position more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy. She started her career in academia with the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health.

  • UNICEF: Early Moments Matter for Every Child

    Sep 21, 2017

    UNICEF: Early Moments Matter for Every Child

    Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development.

  • UN Secretary General announced the appointment of Natalia Gherman as his new Special Representative and Head of UNRCCA

    Sep 19, 2017

    UN Secretary General announced the appointment of Natalia Gherman as his new Special Representative and Head of UNRCCA

    Ms. Gherman succeeds Petko Draganov of Bulgaria, who completed his assignment on 4 September 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and leadership of UNRCCA.

  • Message for World Population Day 2017

    Jul 11, 2017

    Message for World Population Day 2017

    Every day, vulnerable women, especially those who are poor and are refugees, face social, economic and geographic obstacles to voluntary family planning services and information.

  • Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    Jun 20, 2017

    Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    On June 20, World Refugee Day, we honour the resilience and courage of more than 65 million people who have been forced to flee war, persecution and violence. But it’s also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies.

  • Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality

    May 30, 2017

    Peacekeeping is cost effective, but must adapt to new reality

    By António Guterres When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace.

  • Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable

    May 8, 2017

    Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable

    Managing speed, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable

  • Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

    Apr 7, 2017

    Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

    KUALA LAMPUR/HONG KONG/BANGKOK/, 7 April 2017 - ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region. Eligible countries in the CEE/CIS region include; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • Statement of the Secretary General on World Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 1, 2017

    Statement of the Secretary General on World Autism Awareness Day

    On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

  • Statement of the Secretary-General on International Women’s Day

    Mar 6, 2017

    Statement of the Secretary-General on International Women’s Day

    Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.

  • Secretary-General António Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals

    Jan 3, 2017

    Secretary-General António Guterres cites multilateralism, teamwork as critical to achieving UN goals

    On his first day in office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for teamwork, telling staff at the world body’s New York Headquarters that it is not enough to the “do the right thing, we need to earn the right to do the right thing.”

  • UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

    Dec 12, 2016

    UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

    The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

  • Message on World AIDS Day 1 December 2016

    Nov 30, 2016

    Message on World AIDS Day 1 December 2016

    Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

  • UNAIDS Executive Director delivers his World Aids Day 2016 message

    Nov 28, 2016

    UNAIDS Executive Director delivers his World Aids Day 2016 message

    Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported.The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track—more than 18 million people are on life-saving HIV treatment and country.

  • HIV prevention among key populations

    Nov 25, 2016

    HIV prevention among key populations

    Since 2010, the annual global number of new HIV infections among adults (15 years and older) has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million. Members of key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people, prisoners and gay men and other men who have sex with men, and their sexual partners accounted for 45% of all new HIV infections in 2015.