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Falls represent a deadly public health problem, UN warns

Falls are a major public health problem across the world with an estimated 424,000 fatalities occurring each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death after road traffic accidents, according to the United Nations health agency.

DR Congo: UN peacekeeping official visits the east after rape of civilians

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official, who is visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following the recent mass rape of civilians by members of illegal armed groups, has travelled to the eastern region of the country where the crimes were committed, a UN spokesperson said today.

Today’s global challenges require nations coming together as partners – Ban

No one nation, however large or powerful, can solve all problems on its own, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that it is vital for countries to work together in partnership to tackle common challenges.

Celebrities join push for action on UN-backed development targets

Athletes, singers, actors and other celebrities are lending their voices to push for accelerated progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, the United Nations announced today.

UN official says resources, policies and leadership key to achieving anti-poverty goals

Countries can make headway on slashing hunger, poverty and a host of other socio-economic ills over the next five years, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, stressing three essential elements for progress.

UN-backed anti-measles campaign to reach millions of children in China

Nearly 100 million children across China will this month be vaccinated against measles in one of the world’s largest such public health exercise in an effort to bring the vast country closer to eliminating the contagious disease by 2012, two United Nations agencies said today.

Top UN official urges all Member States to ratify landmark disability convention

A senior United Nations official today called on all UN Member States to become party to the world body’s landmark convention protecting the rights of the estimated 650 million people with disabilities, which has already acquired 146 signatories and 90 ratifications.