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WFP mulls ‘last resort’ Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat ‘very high’

The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and “freedom to decide” who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a “phased suspension”.

‘Starvation’ now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border

Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

Now in its ninth year, as Syrian Government forces and allies reclaim areas previously held by opposition forces, the conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions.

UNIC Beirut, ‘Bassma’ NGO Launch World Family Month with Vibrant Dialogue Sessions

Under the theme “Social and Economic Challenges of Lebanese Families”, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut partnered with ‘Bassma’ NGO in launching the World Family Month and celebrating International Day of Families through thematic open dialogues.

The event is part of an ongoing partnership between UNIC Beirut and ‘Bassma’ launched in 2016 to promote the UN International Day of Families, and the Sustainable Development Goals among other UN values and priorities.

UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday.

In recommendations to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the degenerative condition in the next 30 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are designed to help medical professionals and governments to develop national policies.

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’

Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.

“The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight against it”.

Exclusive Interview with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Goodwill Ambassador

In 2016, Nadia Murad was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2018, Ms. Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Dr. Denis Mukwege.

Q&A

Wartime sexual violence has become a significant aspect of today’s conflicts, affecting people across age and gender. Perpetrators often go unpunished and survivors do not get the support and redress that they need. What needs to be done to change this situation and where do we start?

Secretary-General Appoints New Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.

The principles at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also what drive the new class of SDG Advocates, appointed today by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. These 17 influential public figures are committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders on 25 September 2015.

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them.