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UN agency accelerates efforts on Nigerian refugee transfer as border insecurity surges

31 October 2014 – Despite mounting insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought refuge in the past weeks after fleeing from insurgent attacks, the UN refugee agency said it was stepping up efforts to continue to expedite their transfer.

One year on, UN expert urges ratification of treaty to phase out mercury use

31 October 2014 – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Baskut Tuncak, urged governments around the world today to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of the toxic heavy metal.

UN agency warns Somalia on verge of food crisis, urges uptick in humanitarian funding

31 October 2014 – Still reeling from a devastating famine which struck the countryside in 2011, Somalia once again sits on the brink of another humanitarian crisis as a poor rainy season followed by severe bouts of floods threaten local harvests, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today.

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

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

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

30 October 2014 – While many challenges facing young people today are universal, youth activists and experts attending the First Global Forum on Youth Policy today shared with the UN News Centre how war, poverty, lack of adequate education and geographic isolation shape their work.

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

30 October 2014 – The United Nations human rights expert on migrants today urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status “is appalling.”

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

30 October 2014 – The United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, which brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries, concluded in Azerbaijan today with the launch of an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of developing and “elevating” national youth policy.

South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions

30 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed today.

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

30 October 2014 – Escalating fighting, insecurity and a lack of access to deliver critical assistance continue to hamper United Nations efforts to respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, a top UN relief official said today.

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

30 October 2014 – The Government of Rwanda moved today to accelerate plans to transform into a cashless economy by joining a United Nations-backed initiative that supports countries’ transitions to electronic payments.