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HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – new UN agency report

Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Prepared in collaboration with the UN agency dedicated to tackling the virus, UNAIDS, The […]

UN development official urges greater international support for Zimbabwe

  With a new administration in place and plans to hold free and fair general elections later this year, authorities in Zimbabwe are hoping to see greater international investment in their country, according to the top United Nations official there. Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said […]

New health board aims to break ‘cycle of panic and neglect’ on pandemics

  A group of international experts has been tasked with helping the planet to better prepare for outbreaks, pandemics and other emergencies that have an impact on health. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) brings together political leaders, heads of United Nations agencies and health experts to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring […]

Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’

  The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread […]

Tackling corruption ‘from the top down’ essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty

Corruption and complicity know no geographical boundaries, and it is society’s most vulnerable who get hurt the most, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, calling on Government leaders to fight the scourge, “from the top down”. “It all begins with setting an example. By tackling corruption, Governments can show they mean business,” said Secretary-General António Guterres, […]

UN chief urges governments to shield more civilians from violence in conflict

With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. António Guterres made the appeal during a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, where he presented a report outlining three ways governments can step […]

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