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INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’

Atefah “Atti” Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times – a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:18 pm

Climate outlook ‘particularly concerning’ in southern Africa due to El Niño – UN agency

El Niño conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reported in its latest report.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 2:02 pm

As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds &#39strong collaboration&#39 on reaching UN&#39s goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN&#39s advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body&#39s lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

UN health agency delivers medical aid inside Yemen&#39s Taiz city after blocked entry

Following months of blocked access to the Yemeni city of Taiz, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today it has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to meet the most urgent needs of those with limited access to humanitarian aid.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

Central African Republic: UN report urges steps to end impunity for rights abuses

As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation&#39s capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

Low on funds, UN and partners race ahead of rains to tackle needs in South Sudan

With humanitarian needs rising in South Sudan, the top United Nations relief official in the country has called for urgent funding to allow aid organizations to rapidly increase humanitarian action during the current dry season.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

UN agriculture agency warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

Ban warns illicit drugs impede sustainable development, calls for every solution to be weighed

Illicit drugs promote violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people&#39s health, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on the global community to weigh every option available to confront the issue.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 5:00 am

UN agency provides food to Syrians fleeing Aleppo fighting

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Syria’s northern Aleppo.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 1:54 pm

Haiti: UN agency says weather and drought to blame as food insecurity doubles

Haiti&#39s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 5:00 am

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Turkey rails at United Nations over Syria refugee crisis – Tribune-Review


Turkey rails at United Nations over Syria refugee crisis
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KILIS, Turkey — Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian …

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:51 am

Patient Advocates Bring Medical Marijuana Issues To United Nations – The Weed Blog (blog)


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Patient Advocates Bring Medical Marijuana Issues To United Nations
The Weed Blog (blog)
united nations drug reform Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters
Patient Advocates Bring Medical Cannabis Issues to United NationsNational Pain Report

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:49 am

INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’ – UN News Centre


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INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be 'geeks'
UN News Centre
In an effort to promote greater participation of women and girls in science, the UN last year declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In doing so, it recognized that the full and equal access to and participation in

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:26 pm

As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds ‘strong collaboration’ on reaching UN’s goals – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds 'strong collaboration' on reaching UN's goals
UN News Centre
10 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN's advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body's lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th …

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:02 pm

UN health agency delivers medical aid inside Yemen’s Taiz city after blocked entry – UN News Centre


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UN health agency delivers medical aid inside Yemen's Taiz city after blocked entry
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Since April 2015, ongoing violence and insecurity in Yemen continues to limit the delivery of aid to Taiz. In recent weeks, the UN has made repeated calls to all sides to allow humanitarian access to Taiz and all other besieged areas throughout the

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 9:54 pm

Central African Republic: UN report urges steps to end impunity for rights abuses – UN News Centre


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Central African Republic: UN report urges steps to end impunity for rights abuses
UN News Centre
10 February 2016 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation's capital late last year

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 6:42 pm

The Unlikely Nightlife Hotspot at United Nations Headquarters – Atlas Obscura


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The Unlikely Nightlife Hotspot at United Nations Headquarters
Atlas Obscura
As the U.N. Security Council wound down its quarterly debate on the Middle East, during which Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon unleashed a new round of scolding on Israel and Palestine for their protracted peace stalemate, worker bees down the hall at the …

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 2:51 pm

Climate outlook ‘particularly concerning’ in southern Africa due to El Niño – UN agency – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

Climate outlook 'particularly concerning' in southern Africa due to El Niño – UN agency
UN News Centre
10 February 2016 – El Niño conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reported in its latest report.

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 2:06 pm

Russia Presents Revised Claim of Arctic Territory to the United Nations – New York Times


New York Times

Russia Presents Revised Claim of Arctic Territory to the United Nations
New York Times
Russia presented a written claim in August, after the United Nations committee that arbitrates disputes over sea boundaries had rejected on technical grounds an earlier application by Russia for the North Pole, submitted in 2002. In a statement, Mr

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 1:19 am

After 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka still in ‘early stages of renewal’ – UN rights chief – UN News Centre


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After 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka still in 'early stages of renewal' – UN rights chief
UN News Centre
9 February 2016 – After nearly 30 years of conflict and acrimony that not only cost tens of thousands of lives but also eroded vital components of the State, Sri Lanka is still in the early stages of renewal, the United Nations human rights chief said
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaSydney Morning Herald
UN Rights Chief Calls on Sri Lanka to Locate War MissingVoice of America
The top United Nations human rights official asked Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday to quickly locate thousands of The Republic
The Hindu –Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 7:15 pm