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Health Adolescent Pregnancy Developing Countries Childbearing

‘World is failing adolescent girls’ warns UNFPA chief, as report shows third of women in developing countries give birth in teen years

Nearly a third of all women in developing countries, start having children at the age of 19 or younger, and nearly half of first births to adolescents, are to children or girls aged 17 or under, new research released on Tuesday by UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, reveals.
From UN News on July 5, 2022
Environment Ocean Literacy Sustainable Development Ocean Health

Ocean literacy and unlocking a revolution in ocean science solutions

The ocean holds the keys to an equitable and sustainable development path for all. This is the premise behind the UN Ocean Decade and it will be in the spotlight during several major international summits this year to promote ocean health, including the UN Ocean Conference, which is set to open soon in Lisbon, Portugal.
From UN News on June 20, 2022
Justice Sexual Violence Conflict Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual violence in conflict ‘terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities’

Sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that “terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities,” the UN chief said on Friday.
From UN News on June 17, 2022
Health Mental Disorders Mental Health Mental Health Crisis

Nearly one billion people have a mental disorder: WHO

Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to latest UN data – a staggering figure that is even more worrying, if you consider that it includes around one in seven teenagers.
From UN News on June 17, 2022
Women Women's Rights Peacekeeping Gender Equality

Promoting women’s rights, a ‘proven’ strategy for peace and stability

The Women, Peace and Security agenda is “one of our best hopes” for a more peaceful future and a liveable planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday.
From UN News on June 15, 2022
Children Educational Support Education Adolescents

222 million crisis-hit children currently require educational support

A shocking new UN report released on Tuesday indicates that the number of crisis-impacted school-aged children requiring educational support has grown from an estimated 75 million in 2016, to 222 million today.
From UN News on June 21, 2022
More Road Safety Road Accidents Road Deaths

Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official

Every 24 seconds someone is killed in traffic, making safety on the world’s roads a global development challenge for all societies, especially for the most vulnerable, a senior UN official has said, ahead of the first ever High-level General Assembly Meeting on Improving Road Safety.
From UN News on June 29, 2022
Urban Urbanization COVID-19 Poverty

Flight from cities due to COVID-19 short-lived, says flagship UN-Habitat report

A new United Nations report says that rapid urbanization was only temporarily delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the global urban population back on track to grow by another 2.2 billion people by 2050.
From UN News on June 29, 2022
Justice Internet Shutdown Human Rights Economic Impacts

Internet shutdowns impact human rights, economy, and day to day life

The dramatic real-life effects of shutdowns of the internet on people’s lives and human rights are vastly underestimated, the UN human rights office warns in a report released on Thursday.
From UN News on June 24, 2022
Environment Marine Pollution Ocean Management Marine Litter

Tackling marine pollution: Individual action, key to ocean restoration

On Monday, thousands of people gathered at Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, for the first day of the long-awaited UN Ocean Conference. Riding on the global momentum generated by the event, experts are pushing for a new international commitment to combat pollution, including at sea.
From UN News on June 27, 2022