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As millions suffer water shortages in Syria, UN looks to keep potable supply safe

The United Nations has expressed concern about fighting in the Wadi Barada area of west Damascus, which in addition to displacing thousands of people, has also restricted water supplies to some 5.5 million people in and around the Syrian capital. Addressing reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Organization and its partners […]

Effective tobacco policies could save eight million lives and $1 trillion annually, UN reports

Smoking and tobacco use cost world economies more than $1 trillion each year in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations health agency reports, refuting claims that controls on tobacco products adversely impact economies. The report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), “shows how lives can be saved and economies can prosper when governments […]

UNICEF #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign promotes investments in early childhood development

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a campaign, #EarlyMomentsMatter, aimed at raising awareness about the critical impact that early experiences have on children’s brain development during their first 1,000 days of life. Before the age of three, human brain cells make up to 1,000 new connections every second, a speed that slows later in […]

In opinion piece, Secretary-General António Guterres shares new vision for UN

In an opinion piece for Newsweek, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres outlined a vision for addressing the enormous challenges facing the international community, including maintaining peace and security, promoting economic development, and combatting climate change. “The greatest shortcoming of the international community today is its failure to prevent conflict and maintain global security,” he wrote. […]

UN agency seeks $813 million to support Palestine refugees fleeing Syria and those in occupied territory

With Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – including East Jerusalem – and those who have fled the conflict in Syria, facing humanitarian crises, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)has launched an $813 million emergency aid appeal. Speaking to UN News, Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner General […]