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UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

Attacks against children caught in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen must stop, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, appealed on Monday.

In a tightly worded statement, UNICEF pointed out that since Sunday, 28 children were reported killed in Idlib and western Aleppo, located in northern Syria.

The death toll included an entire family of seven.

Furthermore, three UNICEF-supported health facilities were also attacked, two of which are now out of service.

The UN Strategic Framework Report of 2017 is now out

The UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) Report of 2017 is now out.

This annual joint UN report summarises progress made in the first year of implementation of the United Nations Strategic Framework for Lebanon 2017–2020 (UNSF), which was endorsed and signed by the Government of Lebanon on the 4th of October 2016. The report contains a wide range of results achieved by 20 UN entities, as well as a number of identified development trends and challenges.
 

Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights

She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Secretary-General nominated Ms. Bachelet after consulting widely with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States.  Her name now goes forward for consideration and approval by the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Ahead of World Day against human trafficking, UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’

Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasized that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge.

Many of those falling prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers who have left their country of origin for various reasons; including conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.

‘Embed the essence of 2030 Agenda into everything,’ UN chief urges at close of Global Goals forum

As the eight-day High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) drew to a close on Wednesday, the United Nations chief called on everyone to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for “prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.”

“We need to embed the essence of the 2030 Agenda into everything that we do,” said Secretary-General António Guterres.

Small and sustainable: “Tiny houses” could be solution to world’s housing problems

They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer.

Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.

This structure is a type of “tiny house” which is traditionally comprised of one room with a loft or pull-out bed, complete with hidden storage, and condensed amenities, such as a kitchen, that maximize the space available to live in.