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UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance

The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “As we enter the era of sustainable development, I would like to emphasize that antimicrobial resistance really does pose a formidable threat […]

Half of Central African Republic’s people need aid; Security Council discusses peace operations

Senior officials today called for strong political support and adequate resources for the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid, according to the latest United Nations figures. Addressing the Security Council alongside CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous […]

Europe, Central Asia ‘transitioning’ to new nutrition challenges, cautions UN agency

Warning that new consumption patterns in Europe and Central Asian countries are leading to complex health challenges, the United Nations food security agency called for policies tailored to the income and nutrition profile of these developed countries to prevent them from “transitioning” to new forms of food and nutrition insecurity. In a new report, the […]

UN launches ‘Platform of Champions’ calling to end global gender pay gap

With women being paid an average of 23 per cent less than men, the United Nations has launched a high-profile network to call for equal pay for work of equal value. “We want equal pay now,” yelled Academy Award-winning American actress Patricia Arquette and two-time Olympic gold medalist and soccer superstar Abby Wambach, leading a […]

UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DPRK, Iran, Myanmar and Burundi

At respective interactive dialogues today on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Burundi, Iran and Eretria, senior United Nations independent human rights experts called on the governments to take immediate steps to ensure human rights protection in their respective countries. During the dialogues, member countries of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – the highest […]