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UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak


Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders. “outbreaks will continue in Europe, as elsewhere, until […]

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rural produce can boost urban nutrition. Fruit vendors unloading pumpkins at the market in Maradi, Niger. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of […]

Children paying the heaviest price as conflict in Yemen enters third year – UN


As the escalation of the conflict in Yemen enters its third year this week, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called on the parties to the conflict to commit to political dialogue and resolve the situation or risk an unending manmade crisis. In a statement, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General […]

UN appalled at killing of aid workers in South Sudan


Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed yesterday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said. Their bodies were found on the road by others members of the convoy who were some way behind. “The […]

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