Headlines at a glance


31 October 2014

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning


30 October 2014

FEATURE: Youth activists share unique experiences at UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policy

UN rights expert urges reversal of UK decision to halt Mediterranean migrant rescues

At UN-backed forum, countries pledge to develop, implement youth policies

South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions

Relief efforts in Syria hampered by lack of access – senior UN humanitarian official

Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital

Rwanda accelerates move to cashless economy by joining UN-backed alliance

UN Ebola response in West Africa to be bolstered by increase in World Bank funding

Asia-Pacific better poised to respond to disasters as experts agree on statistics standards

In Kenya, UN chief kicks off global media campaign to end female genital mutilation


29 October 2014

South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says UN relief chief

Ban pays tribute to late Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata

UN Asia-Pacific forum helps foster youth volunteerism to counter unemployment

Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing crisis in Syria – UN relief official

‘Status quo not viable option’ in Jerusalem, UN political chief tells Security Council

Ban ‘deeply troubled’ by findings of review of allegations of misreporting by joint Darfur Mission

UN study finds ‘substantial’ skills mismatch for European workers

Youth policy must bridge gap between ‘haves and have nots,’ expert tells UN-backed forum

Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN

Ukraine: Ban deplores planned holding of November ‘elections’ by rebel groups

South Sudan: UN officials welcome launch in of campaign to end use of child soldiers

UN applauds donation by Malala Yousafzai for reconstruction of Gaza schools

Farming sector hit by insecurity as Central African Republic crisis grinds on – UN report

In Somalia, Ban lauds country’s progress towards stability, urges ‘continuity’


28 October 2014

UN chief urges continued global support for Lebanon amid ongoing regional crises

UN expert urges General Assembly to refer DPR Korea rights report to International Criminal Court

‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ – UN chief

Iraq: condemning destruction of shrine, UNESCO urges end to ‘cultural cleansing’

UN reaffirms importance of women's empowerment for global peace, security

Culture must be considered in approaches to disaster risk reduction – UN-backed report

In Addis Ababa, Ban hails new UN facility as symbol of shared ‘strong desire for peace’

Leaders of tomorrow must be heard today, Ban tells Global Forum on Youth Policies

Recession-hit rich countries suffer ‘great leap backwards’ in child poverty – UN

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican journalist, urges investigation

UN-backed study on fruit flies to prompt better pest controls, renewed trade


27 October 2014

UN agriculture chief lauds ‘key’ role of family farmers in food-secure future

UN envoy leads call for action, resources to ensure meaningful role for youths in policy talks

Greater resources needed for Iraqis ahead of harsh winter, UN, regional officials warn

Ban hails Tunisian vote as critical step as country continues transition to democracy

Blackwater convictions spotlight need for treaty on private security – UN experts

Citing ‘surge’ in executions, UN expert voices deep concern about right to life in Iran

South Sudan: 60 civilians injured in fighting near UN base

DR Congo: amid fresh violence, ‘presence without action, undermines our credibility’ – UN envoy

Young people in ‘driver’s seat’ from very beginning of policy process a must – UN experts

Ebola: UN envoy concludes visits to affected countries, presents ‘robust’ recovery plan

UN’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge