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UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the brutal killing of almost 30 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation. ... Read More

Darfur: amid mass rape allegations, UN-backed event promotes role of women in peace processes

As it continues its investigations into the mass rape of 200 women and girls in North Darfur, the United Nations-African Union hybrid mission in Darfur this week organized a forum focusing on the importance of integrated gender perspectives and women... Read More

Improving system for person with disabilities good for all says US advocate on tour of UN accessibility centre

On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability its makes it better... Read More

UN agency unveils push to make cooking safe for 10 million people by 2020

Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more, the United Nations spotlighted at a New York conference on cookstoves, as it urged Governments to take action to accelerate the adoption of clean... Read More

Slovenia: UN expert urges focus on ‘vulnerable’ ostracized older persons

Following her first official visit to Slovenia, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of older persons hailed efforts by the country’s Government in ensuring the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, but urged authorities to... Read More

UN conference generates renewed global momentum to eradicate malnutrition

In a move hailed as renewed global momentum to end hunger, leaders from over 170 countries attending a United Nations nutrition conference which concluded today, pledged to establish national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition – in all its forms from,... Read More

Burkina Faso: UN chief urges continued dialogue as transitional Government takes power

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for all Burkinabé stakeholders to ensure Burkina Faso’s seamless transition to democracy amid an ongoing constitutional crisis in the West African country, a United Nations spokesperson has confirmed. ... Read More

Ebola: ‘We are seeing the curve bending in enough places to give us hope,’ says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015, but he emphasized that results to date are still uneven, and announced that the... Read More

Middle East: UN-backed reconstruction efforts set to kick-off in Gaza next week

The next phase in reconstruction efforts for war-ravaged Gaza is slated to begin as early as next week following an updated “understanding” between Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders, the United Nations special envoy in the region has announced. ... Read More

Sectarian clashes displace thousands in south-eastern Central African Republic, UN warns

An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic’s border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the... Read More

As challenges mount for displaced in eastern Ukraine, UN agency ramps up food voucher plan

Key steps have been taken recently to deliver food vouchers to some 10,000 internally displaced people in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today, while underscoring that ensuring access to food in the... Read More

South Sudan: UN relief official urges respect for ceasefire, scaling up of aid operations

Concluding a three-day mission to South Sudan, a senior United Nations relief official has called on all parties to the conflict there to respect their ceasefire commitments, while urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to... Read More

UN agency’s innovative standards to boost TV viewing experience for millions

The technological advancement of the television medium – a critical tool for “informing, channelling, and affecting” public opinion – is necessary for the improvement of communication and globalization, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) declared today, as it announced... Read More

‘Time is growing short,’ UN warns as it boosts delivery of winter kits to displaced in Iraq

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is stepping up its efforts in Iraq to deliver winter aid to people displaced by this year’s conflict including Thursday with the landing in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region the first in a series of... Read More

UN warns Pacific islands of extreme weather risks during upcoming wet season

Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness. ... Read More

Ban urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to stand up to extremists on both sides, end surging violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was shocked by the recent deadly attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem and “at the delicate and dangerous juncture” both leaders must... Read More

UN humanitarian news service to be spun off

The humanitarian news service IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), after nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, announced today that it will spin off to become an independent, non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private... Read More

Anaemic growth for shipping industry amid ‘stumbling’ global economy – UN report

The growth of global seaborne shipping over the past year has reflected the “stumbling” progress of the world economy, the United Nations trade and development body announced today as it presented its latest report on the “volatile and gloomy” state... Read More

Iraq: UN envoy sees inclusive political process as critical to resolving crisis

As Iraq struggles to deal with the increasing security threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as with dire financial and humanitarian conditions, the United Nations envoy to the country has cited an inclusive... Read More

Ban to take up fight against Ebola with heads of all UN organizations

On the eve of a meeting of United Nations agency chiefs to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank reported today Liberia’s labour sector has suffered a huge blow since the start of the crisis, as... Read More