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Afghanistan to resume election audit on Thursday, UN confirms

The physical audit of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election is due to resume tomorrow, the United Nations today confirmed after a meeting with Afghan electoral commission officials. ... Read More

Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue political gains

The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals. ... Read More

Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official

South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South... Read More

Ban appoints former head of UN Liberia mission to lead operation in South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe LØj of Denmark as his top official in South Sudan, replacing Hilde Johnson. ... Read More

Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’

The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country’s territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those... Read More

Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls not forgotten, UN chief declares as worldwide vigils begin

Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place today.... Read More

Civilian toll in Gaza conflict ‘should weigh heavily on our consciences,’ UN Rights Council told

A child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said in an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council convened to discuss potential human rights abuses in the... Read More

UN allocates $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa

The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.... Read More

In Jerusalem, Ban meets with Israeli, US officials, reiterates call for Mid-East ceasefire

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli and United States officials today in Jerusalem and called for an immediate ceasefire as the war enters its 16th day. ... Read More

UN working group proposes ambitious future development agenda

Member States have forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly a set of proposed goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. ... Read More

UN rights expert praises Cambodia’s political agreement, urges promised reforms

The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today welcomed the agreement reached between the two main political parties in the country, which was followed by the release of the opposition party members arrested last week.... Read More

Amid multiple crises, UN agency massively scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air

The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year. ... Read More

Amid multiple crises, UN agency massively scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air

The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year. ... Read More

On visit to Israel and West Bank, Ban calls for end to current fighting, return to dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting that has been raging for the past two weeks and return to dialogue with the aim of addressing the underlying causes of the cycles of violence that... Read More

Security Council denounces persecution of minorities in northern Iraq

The United Nations Security Council has denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq, which used to be home to minority communities that had lived together for hundreds of years before coming under direct attack by... Read More

UN agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR). ... Read More

New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage

New data released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe. ... Read More

Ban urges Central Africans to seize reconciliation talks to usher in era of peace

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of Central African Republic (CAR) to seize the opportunity of talks taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to advance reconciliation and “open a new page in their history.” ... Read More

Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe

The Security Council today called for an international investigation into last week’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is... Read More

Impunity leads perpetrators to continue child rights violations in DR Congo – UN report

The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing... Read More