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UN: nearly $1 billion needed to combat Ebola outbreak

The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.”... Read More

World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains ‘unacceptably high’ – joint UN report

More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released today stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people... Read More

UN agency, partners appeal for $34 million for Nigerian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today issued an urgent joint call for $34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. ... Read More

UN reports one million children die on first day of life from mostly preventable causes

While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions,... Read More

Ahead of General Assembly kick-off, UN chief urges world leaders to unite in ‘time of turmoil’

Just days ahead of opening the high-level segment of the 69th General Assembly session, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to unite in the face of the myriad devastating crises to uphold human dignity, the... Read More

Marking International Day, UN officials hail progress in reducing damage to ozone layer

United Nations officials today hailed the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances. ... Read More

Marking International Day, UN officials hail progress in reducing damage to ozone layer

United Nations officials today hailed the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances. ... Read More

Malaysia: UN rights office urges review of colonial-era Sedition Act

The United Nations human rights office today urged Malaysian authorities to immediately stop investigations and prosecutions under a 1948 law that curbed free speech and freedom of expression in the South-east Asian nation. ... Read More

UN rights office urges review of Malaysia's colonial-era Sedition Act

The United Nations human rights office today urged Malaysian authorities to immediately stop investigations and prosecutions under a 1948 law that curbed free speech and freedom of expression in the South-east Asian nation. ... Read More

Despite progress, UN reports one million children still die on first day of life from preventable causes – UNICEF

While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions,... Read More

UN chief previews priorities ahead of 69th General Assembly session

With anticipation building ahead of next week’s opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today outlining his priorities for the session’s high-level segment, where world leaders will tackle issues ranging from the ongoing crises in... Read More

UN rights office urges review of Malaysia’s colonial-era Sedition Act

The United Nations human rights office today urged Malaysian authorities to immediately stop investigations and prosecutions under a 1948 law that curbed free speech and freedom of expression in the South-east Asian nation. ... Read More

UN rights office urges impartial probe into killing of protesters in Yemeni capital

The United Nations human rights office today called on Yemeni officials to conduct an “independent, prompt and effective investigation” into the killing earlier this month of nine protesters in the capital, Sana’a. ... Read More

President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred... Read More

UN report calls for fundamental change on Gaza, renewed urgency in West Bank

In the aftermath of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, a fundamental change is needed in the dynamics in the enclave, the United Nations today reported, calling also for renewed urgency in addressing the situation in the West Bank.... Read More

UN labour agency partners with retailer H&M on social sustainability

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced a unique partnership with retail giant H&M to promote sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry. ... Read More

FEATURE: Newly renovated UN General Assembly hall will greet world leaders next week

The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 ¬– the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s... Read More

UN urges young people to engage in democracy – and for politicians to engage youth

The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Democracy with calls on young people to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world. ... Read More

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced today. ... Read More

Central African Republic: Ban welcomes official deployment of UN mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the official transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). ... Read More