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292 stories found over the past 45 days
SAMOA: From weeds to electricity, UN partnership aims to connect families to electric grid

29 August 2014 – A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the United Nations.


Ebola caseload could exceed 20,000 in course of emergency, UN response roadmap shows

28 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap that aims to stop Ebola transmissions within six to nine months, but acknowledges the actual number of cases may be much higher than that currently reported and the total caseload could exceed 20,000 over the course of the emergency.


UN reports improved humanitarian access to Syria for first time in six months

28 August 2014 – For the first time in six months, there has been some improvement recently on humanitarian access to Syria, but much more needs to be done by the parties to the conflict to ensure rapid and unhindered access to people in need, a senior United Nations relief official told the Security Council today.


Ban, Security Council deplore detention of UN peacekeepers in Golan

28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, and demanded their immediate release.


South Sudan: Security Council strongly condemns downing of UN helicopter

27 August 2014 – The Security Council has strongly condemned the downing yesterday of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan which resulted in the death of three Russian crew members and left a fourth severely injured, and called for a thorough investigation.


Ebola: UN-organized workshop aims to boost Africa’s defences against deadly disease

27 August 2014 – A three-day workshop organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola outbreak is underway with health experts from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Darfur: Security Council extends African Union-UN mission for 10 more months

27 August 2014 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2015, while requesting the peacekeeping mission to focus on strategic priorities such as the improved protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, along with the facilitation of aid and mediation activities.


Security Council reiterates concern over ‘alarming’ security situation in Africa’s Sahel

27 August 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today reiterated its continued concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region of Africa and reaffirmed its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges.


UN operation to feed displaced Iraqis reaches over 700,000 people

27 August 2014 – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.


Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks

27 August 2014 – Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).