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Mothers and their children in a queue waiting to receive measles vaccinations as part of a UNICEF-supported immunization campaign at the Beerta Muuri camp for internally displaced persons in Baidoa, Somalia. UN Photo (file)
8 January 2018 – One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were reached during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the United Nations has reported.
On 6 November 2017, a second symposium on The Sea and Science was held at the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution University of São Paulo (Brazil). The symposium, which was organized by CEDMAR (“Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar”)—a UNAI ASPIRE (Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education) chapter—took an interdisciplinary approach to the Law of the Sea, as it brought together scholars and researchers from various scientific fields as well as engineers, oceanographers and lawyers.
At the Al Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, a doctor checks on a girl suffering from cholera. Photo: UNICEF/UN066510/Fuad
22 December 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.
PreventionWeb. Photo: PreventionWeb
From catastrophic monsoon flooding to record breaking hurricanes, the recent spate of disasters has shown once again how years of development efforts can be wiped away in a matter of hours. Promoting risk-informed development and supporting the work of disaster risk reduction (DRR), development, and humanitarian professionals is at the heart of PreventionWeb’s mission, the global knowledge sharing platform for DRR.
A child carries his younger sister on his back. Both children are living on the street in Aweil, South Sudan. UNICEF/Rich
15 December 2017 – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”
13 December 2017 - The 2018 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report was presented on 11 December 2017 by Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The report outlines prospects for the global economy in the upcoming years. The report focuses on the ways in which a fairer globalization can be achieved through public policies.
Children in a school in New Delhi, India, are watching mobile phones. UNICEF Picture / Ashutosh Sharma
11 December 2017 - UNICEF released Monday its annual flagship report, the State of the World's Children. This year's report focuses on children in the digital age. UNICEF pointed out that digital technologies can be key to changing the fate of vulnerable children, providing them with new opportunities for learning, socializing and expressing their opinions, yet millions of children are being abandoned by an increasingly connected world. 
A view of the high Norwegian Arctic while aboard the Research Vessel Lance (July 2015). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
On the 6th of December 2017 the United Nations designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.
March of Dimes Canada, a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with disabilities and a United Nations ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), highlights in this article the advantages of partnerships between academics and NGOs to promote research and evidence uptake especially in the disability field.
A child’s bicycle lies amid rubble of a destroyed house in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. (File) Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans
4 December 2017 – Voicing concern over the dramatic escalation in fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and surrounding areas, that have reportedly killed about one hundred people and injured many more, the United Nations called on the parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international law and ensure that civilians are not harmed.