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UN chief extends condolences to people, Government of Iran in wake of tragic plane crash

Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic airplane accident today near Yasuj, Iran, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his heartfelt condolences to the country’s people and Government.

‘We are not out of the woods yet’ on drought relief efforts, warns top UN aid official in Somalia

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over.

Korean nuclear crisis, Middle East quagmire eroding global security, UN chief tells Munich summit

A nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula and a quagmire in the Middle East are “two qualitative changes” that further eroded global security over the past year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told an annual conference on international security policy in Munich, Germany.

Efficient national tax systems critical for sustainable development and inclusive growth, urge UN, partners

Countries need to strengthen the effectiveness of their tax regimes to unleash much-needed domestic resources to ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the promotion of inclusive economic growth, United Nations and as key international economic and financial organizations have urged.

News in Brief 16 February 2018

  • “Fatal journeys” for migrant children
  • Nine killed in smugglers’ truck accident
  • Mother of stillborn baby is released from 30-year “aggravated homicide” sentence
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Haiti: UN determined to support authorities in strengthening rule of law

Strengthening the rule of law and improving the national police and the judicial system in Haiti will require political will on the part of the authorities, and the United Nations is determined to support this goal, said Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita.

Better data needed to protect children on the move: UN Migration Agency

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) which has joined with partners to call

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UN development agency remains committed to support Lebanon, says agency head

Reverberations of the Syrian conflict – which has now lasted longer than World War II – are being felt throughout the region, including in Lebanon, which shares most of its land border with the war-torn country, and hosts hundreds of thousands of its refugees, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned on Friday.

In crisis-torn eastern DR Congo, UN food relief agency expands operations to stem hunger

Escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding have prompted the United Nations food relief agency to broaden its emergency operation in the war-ravaged Kasai region in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Don’t 'panic' over Fall Armyworm pest, FAO urges African farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a comprehensive guide on managing the Fall Armyworm (FAW), a crop-eating pest which originated in Central and South America.

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