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Global growth strengthens in line with economic forecasts, but prospects for some of world’s poorest regions deteriorate: UN report

16th May 2017 Latest News

Shifting international policy landscape heightens uncertainty around prospects for
world trade, development aid and climate targets

New York, 16 May—Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth remains below the levels needed for rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 report, launched today at UN Headquarters.

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Secretary-General Appoints Masimba Tafirenyika as Director of United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria

16th May 2017 Latest News

15 MAY 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Masimba Tafirenyika of Zimbabwe as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides service to South Africa.  Mr. Tafirenyika assumed his duties today.

Mr. Tafirenyika was most recently Chief of the Africa Section in the United Nations Department of Public Information and Editor-in-Chief of its Africa Renewal magazine, since 2009.  Previously, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Pretoria information Centre from 2008 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008.

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UNHCR/WFP News Release -OVER US$1.4 BILLION NEEDED FOR SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES IN 2017

15th May 2017 Latest News

GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

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Secretary-General’s opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference

11th May 2017 Latest News, Secretary-General message

London, 11 May 2017

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here to support Somalia at a moment which is both tragic and hopeful. And I do believe that Somalia can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need in the international community and in our troubled world.

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In Zimbabwe, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador calls for more protection of child victims of sexual violence

10th May 2017 Latest News
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra (right) speaks with twelve-year-old Paonei at the Childline drop-in centre in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Childline was established in 1997 by a group of Zimbabwean women. Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra (right) speaks with twelve-year-old Paonei at the Childline drop-in centre in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Childline was established in 1997 by a group of Zimbabwean women. Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

8 May 2017 – Drawing attention to the harrowing traumas of child victims of sexual violence, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater recognition of the fact that it is “not OK” for children to be touched inappropriately as well as for raising awareness among youngsters that under-age sex can lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

“No woman, and most definitely no child, should ever have to experience sexual violence – especially from someone they trust for protection, such as a family member,” said actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra, who is currently in Zimbabwe to advocate for increased support for child victims of sexual violence.

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