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368 stories found over the past 45 days
Emergency declared in Gaza following severe flooding – UN agency

28 November 2014 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared an emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past 48 hours exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation in the enclave, which is dealing with the aftermath of a last summer’s conflict, and an acute fuel and energy crisis.


UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of civil registration declaration in Asia-Pacific

28 November 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomed the adoption today of an Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all people by 2024.


Ebola: UN health agency advises male survivors to abstain from sex for 3 months

28 November 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that it is possible for the Ebola virus to be present in semen for 3 months after recovery, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it plans to have 2,700 teams operating throughout villages in the remote forest areas of Guinea to educate villagers and monitor the epidemic at the community level.


UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as ‘stepping stone’ for universal treaty

28 November 2014 – As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015.


Deadly Boko Haram attack forces thousands to flee Nigeria for Niger – UN

28 November 2014 – A Boko Haram attack earlier this week on the northern Nigerian town of Dammassak left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to neighbouring Niger’s Diffa region, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.


'The world is on the side of those who are involved in this fight' against Ebola – UN envoy

28 November 2014 – The top United Nations officials leading the fight against Ebola have made an appeal for people who possess skills that are “quite rare” to join the global effort, such as those who can provide patient care, undertake contact tracing and analyze how the outbreak is evolving in remote areas of the virus-affected countries, saying that “deploying more people to the districts is our highest priority.”


Afghanistan: Security Council condemns attack on UK embassy vehicle

28 November 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack yesterday on a United Kingdom embassy vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, reiterating serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other terrorist and extremist groups.


Botswana: UN expert calls for renewed 'nation-building' to celebrate rich diversity

28 November 2014 – Following an official visit to Botswana, the UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has called on the country to embark on a second phase of nation-building that reflects, builds on and celebrates its cultural diversity, stressing that issues relating to the recognition of communities as tribes must be addressed.


Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN children's agency urges more investment, access to treatment

28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 per cent, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today ahead of World AIDS Day.


Structural reforms can help poorest countries break 'vicious' economic circle – new UN report

27 November 2014 – The world's poorest countries are trapped in an economic vicious circle, which pins them in poverty and must be reversed if new development goals are to be met, according to a newly released report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).