NEW YORK, 22 JUNE 2016-I am very pleased to have signed this cooperation agreement between the IPU and the United Nations.

There was some previous agreement but this is much updated in view of the Sustainable Developments Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This agreement is in line with our future course of implementation process where we expect the United Nations and IPU will closely coordinate as one team. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the declaration of a state of emergency in Turkey

NEW YORK, 21 July 2016-In relation to the declaration of a state of emergency for a period of three months in Turkey, the Secretary-General takes note of the repeated assurances by senior Turkish government officials regarding full adherence to the rule of law and due process when investigating and prosecuting those deemed to be responsible for the attempted coup of 15-16 July. This is particularly important in the aftermath of the declaration of the state of emergency and the ongoing widespread arrests, detentions and suspensions. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response

Map of SyriaA Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information      No. 156/ 20 July 2016

 WHO condemns multiple attacks on Syrian hospitals

The World Health Organization (WHO) condemned on 19 July the attacks on hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib governorates. It also offered its condolences to the families and colleagues of the health staff and patients killed in the number of attacks that have taken place in the last few weeks. Continue reading

How Nuclear Technology Helps Sudanese People Cope with Climate Change

The lives of millions of Sudanese people are affected by climate change, but with the help of nuclear and other techniques, scientists are finding ways to adapt to and mitigate its impact. (Photo: N. Jawerth/IAEA)

The impact of climate change on millions of people in Sudan extends from how it deteriorates soil quality where their food grows to its influence on the spread of disease-carrying insects. Increasingly erratic and extreme weather conditions, rainfall and temperatures jeopardize their food and water resources, their health and livelihoods. To find ways to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change, scientists in Sudan are now working with the IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), to use nuclear and conventional techniques to improve soil resilience to produce more food crops, optimize agricultural practices and manage insect pests, among others.

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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

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23 JULY 2015 ¦ GENEVA On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. Continue reading

Statement by the Secretary-General on the occasion of the first anniversary of adoption of resolution 2231 (2015)

NEW YORK, 20 July 2016-A year ago, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed by the E3/EU +3 and Iran. I congratulate the Security Council and JCPOA participants on the first anniversary of this historic achievement. The JCPOA was a triumph of diplomacy for the resolution and prevention of conflict and which also strengthened global non-proliferation norms. I applaud the dedication and determination shown on all sides. Continue reading