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As Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti, UN relief agencies on standby to provide assistance

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in Haiti, bringing strong winds and torrential rains to the tiny island, the United Nations weather agency reported today, while UN relief agencies announced that they are mobilizing to assist, if requested, countries that are in the path of the dangerous Category 4 storm that is pummelling the Caribbean region.

Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Informal briefings reopen

The latest candidate for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General was heard by UN Member States today, answering questions on how she would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.

India ratifies Paris climate pact at UN, brings it ever closer to taking effect

India today ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the world ever closer to the treaty’s entry into force. “The country is embarking on a sustainable development pathway. Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi calls it ‘development without destruction,’” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said after witnessing India […]

UN health agency declares elimination of measles in the Americas

The region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, the United Nations health agency has declared. “This is an historic day for our region and indeed the world,” said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization of […]