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Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history' declares UN political affairs chief as forum ends with renewed commitments

By |July 17th, 2018|

Officials from 58 countries and six international organisations were present for the adoption of the so-called Mutual Accountability Framework of the New Partnership for Somalia (MAF) at the Somalia Partnership Forum, to be implemented over the next six months.
The MAF details the joint commitments of Somalia and its international partners in the areas of political reforms, security, economic […]

Small and sustainable: “Tiny houses” could be solution to world’s housing problems

By |July 17th, 2018|

Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.
This structure is a type of “tiny house” which is traditionally comprised of one room with a loft or pull-out bed, complete with hidden storage, and condensed amenities, such as […]

In West Africa and the Sahel, signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence: UN

By |July 17th, 2018|

Citing the spillover of the Malian crisis into Burkina Faso and Niger, and the widespread violence by non-state armed groups throughout the region, Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that “the complexity of recent attacks…has had a devastating impact on local communities.”
He added that allegations of human rights violations […]

New import restrictions risk triggering ‘dramatic deterioration’ in Gaza, says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

By |July 17th, 2018|

“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, after visiting the Gaza Strip.
“I am deeply concerned about the imposition of further restrictions at Kerem Shalom, which is the lifeline for Gaza’s population,” he added, referring to the key border crossing […]

‘Unlock full power of business’ to achieve Global Goals, UN deputy chief tells forum

By |July 17th, 2018|

“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination of leaders and general public alike,” said Amina Mohammed at the SDG Business Forum, one of the hundreds of events being held during the 9-18 July gathering devoted to development issues, known as the High-level Political Forum, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
“The […]

At Partnership Forum, UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia

By |July 16th, 2018|

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo praised Somalia’s leadership for the steps it has taken in developing a political roadmap for inclusive politics, especially with regard to preparations leading to the ‘one person, one vote' elections in 2020-2021, and advances in its constitutional review process.
“The Federal Government of Somalia would need to continue its […]

Record 123 million infants received at least one vaccine in 2017, says UN

By |July 16th, 2018|

An additional 4.6 million infants were vaccinated globally in 2017, compared to 2010, due to the pace of global population growth.
And the data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that 167 countries included a second dose of measles vaccine, as part of their routine vaccination schedule, and 162 […]

Dress the world in wood, UN says in its ‘Forests for Fashion’ initiative

By |July 16th, 2018|

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)-FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organization) “Forests for Fashion” initiative, links forest-based materials from sustainably managed forests, with the world of fashion.
“Sustainability of a society is both an individual and a collective responsibility,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, at UN headquarters on Monday.
“The fashion industry […]

Sand and dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel

By |July 16th, 2018|

The high-level General Assembly meeting examined the risks posed by sand and dust storms, known by the acronym SDS, and the various opportunities available to mitigate those risks and fill the existing knowledge gaps.
“For people, the stakes of inaction on this issue are high,” said Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly. “Human well-being […]

Progress has been made, but 'not at a sufficient speed to realize the SDGs': UN ECOSOC President

By |July 16th, 2018|

Speaking at the opening of the major ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) as well as the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC President, Marie Chatardová, cited progress that, at first glimpse, looked positive.
She pointed to extreme poverty, saying that even at one-third of the 1990 value, it was […]