“El Nino” climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will strike by the end of the year, UN warns

Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- The UN weather agency warned on Tuesday there was a good chance of an “El Nino” climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year, bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world.

UN urges countries to prioritize combat against vector-borne diseases

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- Warning that a “small bite can carry a big threat,” the United Nations family is marking World Health Day by urging the international community to back a global health agenda that gives higher priority to controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that no ...

UN rallies youth to take on climate change

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND ---- Seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action, the United Nations is marking this year's World Meteorological Day with a call for more young people – especially women – to become meteorologists, a profession which makes a vital ...

United Nations to throw spotlight on Nauru detention centres

Fri 21 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ----- The United Nations intends to investigate any cases of arbitrary detention on Nauru, the tiny Pacific nation where Australia funds an immigration detention centre.

Targeted action needed to address plight of world’s deprived minorities – UN expert

Thu 20 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- With greater international and national attention to their plight, disadvantaged minorities – often among the world’s most economically, politically and socially marginalized communities – can break free of their “left behind” status to participate in and benefit from the post-2015 development process, a United Nations human rights ...

Child trafficking, exploitation on the rise, warns UN expert

Fri 14 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- In an increasingly interconnected world, children are more at risk that ever of being sexually exploited or sold, a United Nations independent expert warned today, calling for decisive steps at the global level to stop crimes such as child prostitution and trafficking.

UN health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services

Fri 07 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ----- With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released a set of recommendations for countries to ensure that women, girls and couples have access to the tools needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, thereby improving health and ...

Vanuatu calls for action from UN on West Papua situation

Thu 06 Mar 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- Vanuatu Prime Minister , Moana Carcasses had called for international action on West Papua at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Manus Island disturbance prompts UN call for ensuring protection of asylum-seekers

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---The United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the need to address “significant shortcomings” in the process by which Australia moves asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and called for a probe into recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island.

On International Day, UN officials urge zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Fri 07 Feb 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---– United Nations officials today called for a complete end to genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) to ensure the dignity, health and well-being of every girl, noting that despite a century of efforts, millions of girls worldwide are still threatened by the horrible practice.

Growing demand for cropland threatens environment, UN agency reports

Mon 27 Jan 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- If demand for new land on which to grow food continues at the current rate, by 2050, high-end estimates are that area nearly the size of Brazil could be ruined, with vital forests, savannahs and grassland lost, the United Nations today warned in a new report.

Weak global economy strangling job employment creation, UN reports

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- Employment is not expanding sufficiently fast to keep up with the growing labour force, the United Nations labour agency today reported, calling for job-friendly macroeconomic policies and a greater attention to labour market and social policies.

Sucking CO2 from atmosphere may be only way to meet climate goals, UN report says

Thu 16 Jan 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- Governments may have to extract vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the air by 2100 to achieve a target for limiting global warming, backed by trillion-dollar shifts towards clean energy, a draft U.N. report showed on Wednesday.

New UN campaign spotlights links between organized crime and counterfeit goods

Thu 16 Jan 2014 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- The United Nations today launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the links between organized crime and the trade in counterfeit goods, which amounts to $250 billion a year.

Figueres warns world is “running out of time” to agree climate treaty

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Wed 08 Jan 2014 -

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND ----A draft text for a global climate change treaty set to be agreed in 2015 will be presented to governments as early as November this year, according to the UN official in charge of negotiations.

Fiji granted $US3.8m to support REDD+ readiness efforts

Wed 18 Dec 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- Fiji has been allocated a grant of up to US$3.8 millions to support REDD+ readiness efforts in the country.

One in three children do not officially exist, UNICEF reports

Thu 12 Dec 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- – Nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported.

ICRC presents ambitious yet realistic budget to meet growing needs in 2014

Fri 06 Dec 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help. The International ...

UN health agency issues new guidelines for treating severe acute child malnutrition

Thu 28 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- The United Nations health agency today released new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under the age of five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition, including options for allowing them to recover at home, as well as treating those with HIV.

New UN guidelines address specific needs of millions of adolescents with HIV

Wed 27 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ----Ahead of this year’s World AIDS Day, the United Nations health agency has launched new recommendations to address the specific needs of adolescents – both those living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection – many of whom do not receive the care and support ...

Pacific unites on development agenda

Fri 22 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- The small islands of the Pacific continue to lead the world in efforts to unite climate change and disaster risk reduction initiatives under one development agenda.

UN and partners highlight essential actions to reduce child deaths from pneumonia

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---The United Nations and its partners are marking World Pneumonia Day today by highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from the single biggest killer of children under the age of five around the world.

As growth slows, developing countries face uncertainties over debt, UN conference told

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- Greater steps must be taken to avoid or mitigate debt crises, particularly among developing countries which, for the first time in more than a decade, are seeing their debts rise in relation to their gross domestic product (GDP), a United Nations debt management conference heard Tuesday.

UN agency warns global shortage of health workers expected to keep growing

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of the serious implications for billions worldwide due to the shortage of healthcare workers, which is estimated to grow to 12.9 million by 2035 from the current deficit of 7.2 million.

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Mon 11 Nov 2013 -

GENEVA, Switzerland --- Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations today.