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Ahead of end of UN forum, participation of indigenous people in development targets urged

As the 2016 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues prepares to close tomorrow, three participants in the session today underscored the importance of solidifying the participation of indigenous people in UN mechanisms to ensure that they are not left behind in the achievement of sustainable development targets.

Four schools or hospitals in crisis zones attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF

An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

Colombia: agreement to reintegrate children from FARC welcomed by UN envoy

A United Nations child rights envoy joined the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, Cuba, yesterday to witness the signing of an agreement to separate and reintegrate children associated with the guerrilla force.

New guidelines on improving care for female genital mutilation issued by UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released new guidelines aimed at helping health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.

UNICEF and EU launch #EmergencyLessons campaign on education in crisis zones

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU) today announced the launch of a new social media-driven public awareness campaign aimed at reaching 20 million Europeans and highlighting the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.

One hundred babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today reported that on average, up to 100 babies are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake.

Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations

The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.

‘We have an agenda before us’ – UN officials reiterate need for measures against sexual abuse

Briefing the General Assembly on the challenges being faced and progress being made to end the exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, senior UN officials today indicated that immediate concerns have been focused on providing protection and support to the victims, and reiterated the need for collective efforts to put stronger measures in place to ensure prevention and greater accountability.

VIDEO: Sámi rapper SlinCraze encourages indigenous youth to celebrate culture

Rapper Nils Rune Utsi, known by his stage name SlinCraze, speaks an endangered language, lives in a tiny village on the Norwegian Arctic, and this week performed at the United Nations to draw attention to what it’s like to be a young indigenous man living in between two worlds.

UN envoy urges South Sudan to implement pledges to address sexual violence crimes

Concluding a four-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has urged high-level authorities of the Transitional Government of National Unity to implement commitments made to address sexual violence crimes.