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Internally Displaced Persons ride a bus to return from the IDP camp in Aramba to their original village in Sehjanna, near Kutum, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran
11 July 2016

    As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

    19 June 2016

      In 2015 the United Nations adopted 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Observed annually, the Day aims to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.


      20 June 2016

        On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events worldwide, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves. Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.

        Photo: Fatma Elzahraa Yassin/UN Women
        17 October 2016 to 20 October 2016

        Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, taking place in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016.

        Fistula survivor after surgery in Soroti hospita, Uganda. Photo: UNFPA/Lothar Mikulla
        23 May 2016

          Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.

          The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years – or even decades – because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.

          23 May 2016 to 24 May 2016

          We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale. In our rapidly changing world, we must continually seek better ways to meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters.

          UN News Centre

          While the gender ratio between female and male diplomats at the United Nations is becoming more balanced overall, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014 to four in 2015 to just one this year.

          UN News Centre

          At the opening of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations officials today highlighted the progress made in achieving gender equality, while calling on the world to do much more to fight for women and girls' rights.

          UN News Centre

          Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to put the victims who were drafted by Japan as so-called "comfort women" during the Second World War at the centre of any resolution of the issue, following a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with one of the victims.

          UN News Centre

          UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented to the Security Council special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. "I am determined that the United Nations must least by example.