A conference of indigenous representatives and State officials from all the European Nordic countries opened in Finland today with a United Nations expert focusing on issues ranging from the status of Sami self-determination to education and language.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a new livelihood programme designed to address the underlying causes of food shortages in Karamoja, the poorest and most marginalised region in Uganda which has not had a successful harvest in five years and where more than 80 per cent of…
While there has been substantial global progress towards pandemic preparedness in recent years, it is vital to maintain that momentum to respond effectively to existing and possible future threats, according to a new study by the United Nations and the World Bank.
Malaria, which causes an estimated one million deaths around the world every year, will cease to be a killer by 2015 if the world can keep up its current momentum in efforts to combat the disease, the official spearheading United Nations efforts against malaria says.
With hundreds of thousands of women and girls dying in pregnancy or childbirth every year and 10 to 15 million more suffering long-lasting disabilities, the United Nations today outlined steps for a multi-pronged campaign to fight the scourge.
Delegates from 42 countries in Africa, which along with Asia is the most vulnerable continent to disasters, kicked off a United Nations-backed meeting in Nairobi today to discuss ways to make their communities and citizens safer.
A Chilean journalist whose investigative reporting led to her torture by the country's military dictatorship 25 years ago today won a United Nations prize that honours those promoting freedom of expression, especially at the risk of their own lives.
The United Nations has allocated $2.7 million in emergency funding to two of its humanitarian agencies so they can help combat fresh outbreaks of measles and meningitis in Chad.
Non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular and chronic respiratory illnesses, diabetes and cancer are imposing a much greater burden on the poorest countries than on richer economies and must be tackled as a development issue, United Nations health experts warned today.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that its credit-based farming project in Niger has been so successful that the agency plans to scale it up and expand into Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, which are also suffering food shortages.
A funding gap will keep food and medicine away from millions of needy people in Pakistan, a top United Nations aid worker said today as he called for stepped-up support from the international community.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today it is partnering with an organic farming organization to examine the potential economic, employment and environmental benefits of greater investment in sustainable agriculture in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region.