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Impact of Iraq conflict on minorities ‘devastating and irreversible’ – UN rights experts

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations human rights experts warned today that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the “devastating and irreversible” brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country.


During Skype call, Ban voices gratitude for courageous efforts of UN staff in Gaza

25 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke with United Nations staff in Gaza via Skype and thanked them for their courageous efforts amid the ongoing conflict, which has now displaced over 140,000 people in the area.


UN agency hails Suriname for eliminating gender discrimination in nationality laws

25 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a recent decision taken by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children.


UN agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region.


UN chief welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at inter-Malian peace talks

25 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace talks, while voicing his deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali.


UN agency urges Europe to act to stop rising refugee, migrant deaths at sea

24 July 2014 – In the wake of recent tragedies, the United Nations refugee agency today called on European countries to take urgent action to stop the rising number of deaths among refugees and migrants attempting to reach the continent by sea.


Security Council, UN officials welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire

24 July 2014 – The Security Council and senior United Nations officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and highlighted the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts.


UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.


‘Appalled’ by attack on UN-run school in Gaza, Ban urges halt to all fighting

24 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is “appalled” by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities, adding that the incident underscores the need to stop all fighting immediately.


Amid audit delay, UN in Afghanistan proposes criteria for ordering recounts

24 July 2014 – As the audit of the Afghan presidential election resumed today, the United Nations proposed a set of criteria to the country’s main electoral body for separating valid votes from fraudulent ballots cast in the June presidential run-off.