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UN warns Central African Republic is becoming largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:27
The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said today.

New UN report finds bulk of world’s rural populations excluded from healthcare access

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:29
The majority of the world’s rural populations continue to live and work without essential healthcare services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

UN agency unveils alternative policy agenda to transform economies, make gender equality a reality

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:12
A major new report released today in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN Women) calls for the transformation of economies to make women’s rights and equality a reality.

Nepal: UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:12
The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more on Saturday, and pledged that it ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult times.

Welcoming peaceful presidential election in Togo, Ban calls for continued calm atmosphere

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 05:00
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Togo, which took place on Saturday.

UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:00
As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children.

UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations relief wing said today that at least 2,200 people have died and over 5,800 are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

Marking anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Secretary-General reiterates UN&#39s commitment to those affected

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:00
In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their homes in its aftermath.

Secretary-General appoints Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as new special envoy for Yemen

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his Special Envoy for Yemen after Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom stepped down from the role.

UN official in Darfur says mission&#39s peacekeepers acted proportionately in response to attacks

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today reiterated that its peacekeepers responded proportionately to two attacks launched against them by armed men in Kass, South Darfur, this week.

Secretary-General appoints new acting Special Representative for UN Mission against Ebola

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General&#39s Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row for drug crimes

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
The Secretary-General appealed today to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.

Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.

Welcoming progress in fight against malaria, Ban calls for more work to continue momentum

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:00
In a message to mark World Malaria Day today, the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the UN health agency reported in 2014 that the rate at which people are dying from malaria had halved since the turn of the century.

Welcoming Myanmar’s visible strides, Ban says ‘much more hard work lies ahead’

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:43
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, convening a meeting on Myanmar today, welcomed the positive direction of its reform process as it continues on its “path of historic transition”, but emphasized that more work remains to be done to address the country’s myriad challenges.

UN resumes vaccination drive for three million children in West Africa

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:39
For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio.

On eve of Togo national election, Ban calls for calm and transparency

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:22
On the eve of the presidential election in Togo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all national stakeholders to recommit themselves to ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner and reflects the will of the people of Togo.

Ban appoints new deputy head of humanitarian operations in Lebanon

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:22
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:11
Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as &#8220a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],&#8221 where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers.

Amid rising death toll in Yemen, UN urges humanitarian access, respect for international law

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 20:11
The United Nations human rights office said today that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children.