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One billion people have preventable eye conditions, increasingly linked to lifestyle choices: UN health agency

8 October 2019

A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling

Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities

7 October 2019

Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business

UN commits to help Pacific island agriculture adapt and survive climate crisis

4 October 2019

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) pledged on Friday to work hand in hand with the people of the Pacific to improve nutrition, and mitigate the worst effects of climate change, which pose an existential threat to many island nations

Can we feed the world and ensure no one goes hungry?

3 October 2019

Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet, but hunger is on the rise in some parts of the world, and some 821 million people are considered to be “chronically undernourished”.

Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

1 October 2019

A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

 

Despite grappling with Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh is ‘development miracle’

27 September 2019

Despite global turbulence and economic uncertainty, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the General Assembly on Friday evening that her country has often been cited as a “development miracle”.

At UN, Modi outlines development successes, says India gave world ‘Buddha, not war’

27 September 2019

In his address to the UN General Assembly’s general debate on Friday, the Prime Minister of India outlined how the world’s largest democracy has embodied the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its work towards “peace, development and progress

#UNGA NEWS ROUNDUP: Funding plea for UNRWA, Burkina Faso and CAR updates, Guterres praises climate change ‘pioneer’ Chirac

26 September 2019

A short roundup of events and statements making the news at UN Headquarters on this Thursday, of General Assembly high level week.

Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

19 September 2019

The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.