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UN agency envoy Forest Whitaker honoured for work in peacebuilding, conflict-resolution
Actor and United Nations agency special envoy Forest Whitaker is today being celebrated as a leader in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution, empowering young people in communities touched by violence and poverty. (UN)
'We must not let 2017 repeat tragedies of 2016 for Syria' top UN aid officials
While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, senior United Nations humanitarian officials today appealed for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from relief aid across the Middle Eastern country. (UN)
UN envoy in Yemen meeting with President, senior officials to push for greater aid access
The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is today in Aden, highlighting the need for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid and move along the peace process. (UN)
Ongoing violations of child rights highlighted as UN monitoring body opens annual session
Children face the ongoing violations of their rights worldwide, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them, a senior United Nations human rights official told the body that monitors implementation of a global treaty on the matter. (UN)
New UN manual aims to address management of violent extremists in prison settings
Highlighting the challenges brought on by and the need to address violent extremism and radicalization in prisons, the United Nations agency mandated to prevent international crime and assist criminal justice reform unveiled a new manual that offers practical advice on managing violent extremist prisoners, disengaging them from violence and facilitating their social reintegration upon release. (UN)
Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports
Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations. (UN)
UN refugee agency lauds Europe's rescue efforts in Mediterranean amid 'tragic start' to New Year
The United Nations refugee agency praised the Italian Coastguard in coordination with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for rescuing some 1,500 people from boats on the Mediterranean struggling in rough weather throughout the weekend. (UN)
UN Data Forum explores ways to improve and modernize national statistical systems
With the statistical community facing myriad challenges as countries begin to implement the new 15-year global plan for sustainable development, it is imperative to modernize, improve capacity and cooperate at a truly global level, the top United Nations economic and social affairs official told a gathering of more than 1,500 data experts today. (UN)