UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most sanctions on Sudan, urges the Sudanese authorities "to intensify their efforts to enhance peace and stabilization efforts and uphold human rights.” [ Bit.ly Link ]
“Properly managed, wastewater can be used safely to support crop production – directly through irrigation or indirectly by recharging aquifers – but doing so requires diligent management of health risks through adequate treatment or appropriate use,” the Food and Agricultural Organization said today.

UN agency eyes recycling wastewater for large-scale farming

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“Without the private sector we will not have the necessary innovation, we will not have the necessary capacity to discover new markets, new products, new services and to be able to develop new areas in the economy,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, adding also that only the private sector can create enough jobs to stabilize societies.

At Davos economic forum, UN chief Guterres calls business ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

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The Council strongly condemned former President Jammeh’s 9 December statement rejecting the official election results and the takeover of the Independent Electoral Commission by the Gambian Armed Forces on 13 December 2016, as well as the attempt by the Parliament on 18 January 2017 to extend President Jammeh’s term for three months beyond his current mandate, which ends today.

Gambia: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Barrow

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Nearly 360 million people, or 58 per cent of the inhabitants of the region, are overweight with the highest rates observed in the Bahamas at 69 per cent, Mexico at 64 per cent and Chile at 63 per cent, according to a news release on the Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean report, compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan...
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Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

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“An exhausted civilian population is still trapped, with no escape, we are still unable to reach hundreds and hundreds of thousands,” United Nations Senior Adviser on Syria Jan Egeland told the press in Geneva today, emphasizing that “in terms of humanitarian access, the cessation of hostilities period has been a disappointment.”

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Syria: Ceasefire a ‘disappointment’ for aid access; UN envoy invited to Astana peace talks

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The United Nations has today announced that its Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will participate in the meeting about the situation in Syria, to be convened at the end of January in Astana, Kazakhstan, by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and Turkey.

The Special Adviser to the Envoy Jan Egeland said that he is "glad" that the three countries will "indeed push...
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“Unless more resources are provided, there is still a very real risk of a 'lost generation' of Syrian children, deprived of the skills they will one day need to rebuild their country,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth, speaking after a visit to southern Turkey.

According to UNICEF, nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across...
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Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

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“We are especially concerned about vulnerability and needs of migrant and refugee children especially women and girls and this initiative is exactly what is needed,” explained chief IOM spokesperson Leonard Doyle, highlighting the Plan's particular emphasis on addressing the specific needs of refugee and migrant children and those of women and girls.

UN agencies, partners launch new plan to address plight of refugees and migrants in Europe

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous has paid tribute to victims of the suicide attack which happened Wednesday in Mali. Addressing the Security Council, Mr. Ladsous regretted the lack of progress on the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, underscoring the importance of the agreement in reaching peace and reconciliation in the...
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Earlier today, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council concerning the Iranian nuclear issue. In his remarks, Mr. Feltman highlighted the “steady” progress and cooperation, since the international community embarked on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 16 January 2016. Mr. Feltman also called for the world’s...
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The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum concluded today with the launch of a global plan that outlines a vision and a “to-do” list for better data to improve people’s lives, including through new ideas, solutions and strengthened collaboration in the field of statistics.

UN forum wraps up in South Africa with a call for better data to improve people’s lives

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“Families from east Aleppo are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance such as food and non-food items; and registration of birth, death, marriage and family papers and other legal services, Ali Al-Za’tari, announcing the allocation of $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for people in war-ravaged Aleppo.

Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo

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“The results of the assessment show the very positive impact of our collective efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, but also the pressing need to continue and redirect assistance to new areas with higher levels of food insecurity, as well as initiate recovery interventions,” said Ronald Tran Ba Huy, WFP’s Representative in Haiti.

Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger – UN agencies report

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“2016 was an extreme year for the global climate and stands out as the hottest year on record,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, emphasizing that long-term indicators of human-caused climate change reached new heights last year and carbon dioxide and methane concentrations hit record highs.

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

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Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert today called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences.

Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

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“We condemn with the utmost firmness this cowardly and ignoble attack which constitutes a direct attack on the peace process,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the UN Security Council.

Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as ‘direct attack’ on peace process

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According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), up to 12,000 migrants, every month, are arriving onto the shores of the Gulf of Aden country with hopes of making their way to Saudi Arabia.

Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency

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