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Overall cancer risks low in Japan after Fukushima nuclear incident – UN report

Health risks associated with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident in Japan such as cancer are low overall, according to a United Nations report released today, which calls for continued health and environmental monitoring in the areas most affected by the disaster that occurred two years ago.

Independent UN experts urge human rights inquiry into ‘gulags’ in DPR Korea

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today urged an international inquiry into human rights abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where hundreds of thousands of prisoners and their families are believed to suffer in the country’s extensive political prison camp system.

Countries agree on UN-backed guidelines to curb illegal fishing

After years of negotiations, member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today agreed on a set of voluntary guidelines that target illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

Top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan urges safety for aid workers

The top United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan today expressed deep concern about the fighting in the eastern state of Jonglei and urged a stop to attacks on aid workers and supplies.

With ethnic tensions rising worldwide, UN adviser urges action to prevent mass atrocities

The number of situations around the world that clearly indicate a risk of mass atrocities has possibly never been higher, demanding urgent preventive action, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said today.

World must address disparities in access to HIV/AIDS treatment – UN official

The disparities in access to HIV/AIDS treatment across the world shed light on the need to overcome inequality and exclusion, a senior United Nations official stressed today, calling on countries to use efforts to eliminate this disease as a way to combat social injustice.

At UN forum, countries commit to advance cross-cultural dialogue

Governments and international organizations from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to advance cross-cultural dialogue at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, which ended today in Vienna, Austria.

Senior UN official recounts ‘daunting year’ for human rights

The top United Nations human rights official today highlighted the work being carried out by her office to tackle numerous crises worldwide, and stressed the need to put people first and ensure that human rights remains a priority on the global agenda.

Global demand for medicinal plants can boost green jobs growth in Nepal, says UN

The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, particularly in poor communities where many types of such plants are harvested, says a new study released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Nepal.

UN calls for extension of agreement to provide affordable life-saving drugs for the poor

Two United Nations agencies have called for the renewal of an agreement that allows the world’s poorest countries to access life-saving drugs at costs they can afford, stressing that failing to do so would jeopardize crucial treatment for HIV/AIDS and other diseases for those who need it the most.