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Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day

On World Blood Donor Day, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year.

Libya: UN official calls for &#39immediate&#39 release of abducted Tunisian diplomatic staff

The top United Nations official in Libya has strongly condemned an attack on the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan capital of Tripoli which resulted in the capture of ten consulate staff members.

At Conference, UN agriculture agency chief highlights need to &#39do more and better with less&#39

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) closed its week-long governing Conference today with a billion-dollar budgetary boost and a call to renew its efforts towards geographical decentralization &#8211 a step that will bring the United...

On first-ever International Day, UN celebrates people with albinism and urges awareness of challenges they face

The first-ever day for International Albinism Awareness is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people with albinism and join the struggle against the difficulties they face, senior United Nations officials said.

In Turkmenistan, UN chief says future peace, development hinge on human rights

All efforts for sustainable development and a stable future must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he concluded his five-day tour of Central...

UN labour agency closes conference amid appeals for a sustainable &#39future of work&#39

The transformation of the global workforce must happen &#8220here and now,&#8221 the head of the United Nations labour agency said today as he urged Member States to move ahead and implement changes critical for a sustainable, inclusive...

Syria: UN rights officials deplore government aerial attacks; warn of retaliation by armed groups

Condemning the rising number of Government aerial attacks in Syria and the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as barrel bombs, including in civilian populated areas, a group of United Nations officials today warned of retaliatory action by...

Hundreds of thousands in need of critical aid in Myanmar, warns UN humanitarian arm

Nearly half a million people continue to require humanitarian assistance three years after inter-communal violence raked Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations relief arm reported today.

Sustainable transport essential to new global goals and low carbon economy – UN panel

A high-level United Nations advisory group established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, agreed today to take measures that could accelerate a shift toward safer, healthier, more efficient and sustainable transport systems.

UN labour agency unveils historic employment standards against informal work

A new global standard aimed at lifting hundreds of millions of workers out of the informal economy and into regularized employment was adopted today in a move the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has labelled as “historic.”