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Although the vaccine is not a 100 per cent effective, it can have a dramatic impact on cholera if combined with other interventions, such as chlorination of water supplies and intensive education, said UN Special Adviser David Nabarro, adding that the UN is looking to vaccinate everyone in the country, ideally with two doses.

Recent gains made in Haiti cholera fight demonstrate additional resources can ensure 'cholera will go' – UN Adviser

As the United Nations endeavours to relieve the plight of civilians in eastern Aleppo, in northern Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - speaking to the media in the Austrian capital of Vienna today - stressed the importance of enabling humanitarian access to those in need, particularly in the absence of a political solution to the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation.
“When I was there, nearly 100 mortars fell on west Aleppo in a couple of days [...] explosions lit up the night sky and the sounds of war reverberated across the city,” said Hannah Singer, the UNICEF Syria Representative.

“Even by Syrian standards, the recent bombardment and shelling have been the most intense in Aleppo”

'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official

The report, released today by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, documents the experiences of families who have been separated since the 1950-1953 Korean War through displacement, forced disappearance and abductions, and as a result of those fleeing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

New UN rights report urges action to end 'unimaginable suffering' for separated families on Korean peninsula

“It is alarming to see that xenophobic hate speech, including by elected politicians, has been on the rise in Australia and cheered by sections of the mainstream media,” the UN human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere said today.

UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country's 'alarming' hate speech and racism

In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban “underlined the need to pursue, in earnest, this Congolese-owned process to reach a consensual and peaceful solution to the current impasse.”

UN chief urges peacefulresolution of impasse in DR Congo

The report, Formalizing Domestic Work, confirms that because domestic work takes place in the private sphere, many households do not make use of formal arrangements, whether due to cost concerns, lack of information, or a belief that domestic labour is not real work. It also assesses the ways in which informal work leads to substandard working conditions and creates a hindrance to development....
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Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work – UN

Since #AIDS emerged 35 years ago, strides have been made in stemming the disease but more must be done to eradicatd the epidemic by 2030, as set by the Sustain Development goals (#SDGs).bit.ly/2gKdIrq
“If adopted, it will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel, across the occupied West Bank and will greatly diminish the prospect of Arab-Israeli peace,” said the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, in a press statement.

Israel's settlement 'legalization bill' would harm prospects for Arab-Israeli peace, UN envoy warns

“Until today, even the most vociferous critics of the Agreement acknowledge that it is the only workable framework. That said, the Libyan Political Agreement did not fulfill the expectations. The implementation has stalled” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Martin Kobler, told the Security Council at its meeting on the north African country.

Libyan political deal 'stands firm, but stuck' – UN envoy tells Security Council

Almost one year since the signing of the Libyan political agreement on 17 December 2015, the fight against terrorism has produced "good results" in the country's major cities, a senior UN official has said. Briefing the UN Security Council today, 6 December 2016, Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler outlined...
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New United Nations #FAO reoprt issues a “Wake-up call” to Asia-Pacific to redoubled efforts to achieve #SDG zero hunger by 2030. [ Bit.ly Link ]
“These communities need urgent support to prevent them from adapting survival strategies that put them into a vicious cycle of dependence, including eating seeds meant for producing food in future harvests,” said Nathanael Hishamunda, FAO Representative in Haiti.

In post-storm Haiti, UN responding with food assistance and security programmes

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Catch up on UN News, Radio and Video from the last fortnight. This edition includes: #OrangeTheWorld, #LGBTrights, #ICT, #SouthSudan, #SpaceTechnology and #Astronauts, #SustainableTransport and more!

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“Children are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to continue their education even in the worst of circumstances,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said in a press release.

EU-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons campaign supports crisis-affected youth with schooling

The draft resolution proposed by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain was not adopted because it received negative votes by permanent members Russia and China. Any negative vote, known as veto, from the Council’s five permanent members means a failed resolution.

The text received 11 in favour, to three against (China, Russian Federation and Venezuela), with Angola abstaining.

Syria: Security Council fails to adopt text calling for ceasefire in Aleppo

United Nations health agencies have delivered critical medicines and medical supplies to treat almost 13,000 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the Government forces have been staging a military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) terrorists.

Iraq: UN delivers live-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul

Against the backdrop of "immense global suffering and fear," the UN Global Humanitarian Appeal for 2017 has identified funding needs of $22.2 billion, some 700 per cent higher than the UN's first inter-agency appeal 25 years ago in 1992. Launching the appeal in Geneva today (5 December), UN relief chief, Stephen O'Brien told reporters that funding for 2017 will be translated into "concrete...
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Drawing attention to the physical and psychological abuse that leave an inedible mark on children’s lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a powerful new video illustrating the “all too common” forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham’s tattoos come alive to show ‘brutal reality’ of child violence

The SayNO - UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign has proclaimed the 25th day of every month “Orange Day” – the colour signifying a brighter future without violence – to take action in raising awareness and preventing violence against women and girls. #SDGs #GlobalGoals [ Bit.ly Link ]