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NEW YORK — UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is deeply concerned that intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Catherine Russell on children in Ukraine, said in a statement on Thursday, that heavy weapons fire along the line of contact had already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days. She said unless the fighting subsides,...

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The announcement was made by Jack Sim, the founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), during a virtual meeting of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Stakeholders and Development Partners on Wednesday. Sim noted that the United Nations member countries in 2013, unanimously adopted November 19 as the day to create awareness on access to toilets. According to him, the summit would be a great opportunity for its members to come to Nigeria, to seek out ways...

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ABUJA — Ms. Comfort Lamptey, United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS has called on government institutions to key into the National Action plan of the United Nations Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security to ensure increased participation of women in security, peace and conflict resolutions. She was speaking in Abuja at a High-level Stakeholders Meeting on the Implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Nigeria. “Nigeria’s implementation of UN...

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The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said the newly-discovered Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) variant does not pose a major public health threat. UNAIDS disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. Last Thursday, scientists announced the discovery of a new strain of HIV in the Netherlands. The strain was described as the subtype-B HIV-1 and dubbed it the VB variant. The research indicated that people living with the new HIV subtype experience double...

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Of the 20 million people diagnose with cancer in 2021, 10 million died according to the World Health Organization, (WHO). In a statement issued to commemorate the World Cancer Day 2022 themed ‘Closing the Care Gap’, the WHO described cancer as one of the world’s leading causes of death. The organization noted that although all cancers can be prevented or cured, the number deaths from the disease will continue to rise in the decades ahead...

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ABUJA — United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Martin Grifftihs has lauded the approach by the Borno State Government to ensure the safe return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes. He stated this in Abuja when he led a delegation to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajia S Umar Farouq, noted that it is highly effective. “I am convinced that the approach that we saw both...

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YOLA — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that half a million populations of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are at risk of starvation as its funding for the region dries up. The global agency, in a statement, said it might soon be forced to cut food rations except it secures urgent funds to continue its life-saving operations in the crisis hotspot. The UN agency also said the number of internally displaced...

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The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a team of scientists it wants to investigate new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s origins. The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential — and their remit includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease. Besides the Covid-19 crisis, a growing number...

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday that 17 per cent of all food available to consumers in 2019 ended up being thrown away. The UN food agency therefore, launched an urgent appeal for action to reduce the amount of food that is wasted, maintained that lack of food, hunger and malnutrition affect every country in the world. Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director of FAO’s Food and Nutrition Division Economic and Social Development Stream,...

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NEW YORK — UN nations on Monday paid tribute at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks launched against the U.S. that changed the course of history. UN Counter-Terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, in his message to commemorate the anniversary, said the UN would continue to stand in solidarity with all victims of terrorism. Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan where the...

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