Olympic Athlete Yusra Mardini becomes the youngest Goodwill Ambassador in the history of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The 19-year-old Syrian was part of the first-ever refugee team, which competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

UNHCR speaks highly of Ms. Mardini's resilience, courage and perseverance, noting that her new role sends "a powerful message of hope" to over 21 million refugees...
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“Yusra is a deeply inspiring young woman. Through her powerful personal story, she represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than ten million young refugees around the globe,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, welcoming Ms. Mardini’s appointment.
Yusra is a deeply inspiring young woman Through her powerful personal story

Courageous Syrian swimmer named UN refugee agency Goodwill Ambassador

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“The Secretary-General has said time and again that there will be no military end to this conflict. Yet, military might continues to be used against civilians in a way that defies all reason, let alone morality or the law,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council.
The SecretaryGeneral has said time and again that there will be no

Syria: ‘Glimmers of humanity’ overshadowed by brutality of increasing attacks on civilians, says UN aid chief

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United Nations Environment's Petter Malvik told UN News over 8 million tons of plastic end up in oceans each year. The UN will convene the Ocean Conference in June to spur international action to safeguard oceans, seas and marine resources. #CleanSeas [ Bit.ly Link ]
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In the first quarter of 2017, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 2,181 civilian casualties – 715 dead and 1,466 injured. “It is civilians, with increasing numbers of women and children, who far too often bear the brunt of the conflict,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and the head of UNAMA.
In the first quarter of 2017 the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as causalities remain high in first quarter

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The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remem

Chernobyl disaster, 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

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UNICEF is supplying almost half of the world's children under the age of five with life-saving vaccines. However, more needs to be done.

Every year, nearly 20 million children are missing out on vaccinations. Two-thirds of them live in countries affected by conflict.

To close the gap, UNICEF is calling for greater efforts to ensure these children are vaccinated.

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Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called for an end to such attacks.
Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria two senior

Syria: UN aid officials urge an end to airstrikes on hospitals

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Noting that the Chemical Weapons Convention and its implementing body celebrate two decades of success, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged: “Now, let us renew our resolve to consign these diabolical weapons to the pages of history.”
Noting that the Chemical Weapons Convention and its implementing body celebrate two

‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

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The UN chief said that with with new technologies and shifting labour markets impacting people’s lives,WIPO has an essential role to play. [ Un.org Link ]
The UN chief said that with with new technologies and shifting labour

UN News - Turning problems into progress: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day

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“The Kasai crisis is an acute crisis of massive proportions in a country that is already going through one of the world's most relentlessly acute humanitarian emergencies,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC, Mamadou Diallo, said in Kinshasa.
The Kasai crisis is an acute crisis of massive proportions in a

DR Congo: UN seeks $64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasai region

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Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world.
Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights

Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

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UN envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, expresses concerns over the worsening conflict in the country.

Despite difficulties on the ground, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is stepping up to deliver protection and services to people in need.

Mr. Shearer also stresses the need to move forward on a political solution to end the crisis in South Sudan.

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David Shearer, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told the Security Council that, “virtually no part of the country is immune from conflict. Yet, there has been no concerted effort by any party to adhere to a ceasefire. Instead, we are seeing an intensification of the conflict over the past month.”
David Shearer the SecretaryGenerals Special Representative and the head of UN Mission

South Sudan’s political process ‘not dead’ but needs ‘resuscitation’ – UN envoy

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The United Nations development agency is teaming up with ofo, a China-based bike sharing platform, to raise public awareness about climate change, it was announced today.
The United Nations development agency is teaming up with ofo a Chinabased

UN agency and Chinese bike-share firm team up to raise awareness about climate change

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“Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's Regional Director for Africa, [ Un.org Link ]
Combined with existing malaria interventions such a vaccine would have the potential

UN News - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

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According to the UN's #Afghanistan envoy, "The report serves as a stark reminder that the fight against corruption cannot be won in the short term, and that the battle requires sustained commitment." [ Un.org Link ]
According to the UNs Afghanistan envoy The report serves as a stark

UN News - Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, enormous challenges remain – new UN report

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The The World Health Organization's regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.
The The World Health Organizations regional office for Africa has announced that

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

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With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”
With nearly twothirds of wartorn Yemen about 19 million people in need

Nearly $1.1 billion pledged for beleaguered Yemen at UN-led humanitarian conference

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Undernutrition and obesity are the two sides of malnutrition. Unless more is done to mitigate this health burden, the region faces a “frightening” future.
Undernutrition and obesity are the two sides of malnutrition Unless more is

Latin America loses billions of dollars every year to ‘double burden’ of undernutrition and obesity – UN study

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