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INTERVIEW: As Liberia moves past Ebola ‘nightmare,’ security and political challenges still ahead, UN envoy cautions

06 May 2015 – As Liberia bounces back from the “national nightmare” of a devastating Ebola epidemic which claimed more than 4,000 lives, the country must also prepare for a series of future challenges – from the build-up of its security sector to the undertaking of critical presidential elections in 2017, according to Karin Landgren, the head of the United Nations Mission in there (UNMIL).


World’s forcibly displaced hit record 38 million, prompting UN appeal for ‘all-out effort’ for peace

06 May 2015 – By the end of 2014, a record-breaking 38 million people had been forced to flee their homes within their own country because of conflict or violence, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to appeal today for “an all-out effort to bring about peace in war-ravaged countries.”


Yemen: UN envoy sets out on ‘intensive consultation’ aimed at getting political process back on track

06 May 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is conducting intensive consultations aimed at getting the political process back on track for the country, where conflict erupted in late March.


‘Let us renew our will to cooperate for peace’ Ban declares at Peace Bell reinstallation ceremony

06 May 2015 – As one of the oldest outdoor gifts at the United Nations, the Peace Bell represents the “collective desire for the world to live in peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at a ceremony to reinstall the symbolic bell at its permanent home at Headquarters in New York.


UN rights experts urge Nauru to set up monitoring body for asylum-seekers detained on island

06 May 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on Nauru to set up an independent monitoring body to ensure that the country meets its obligations to treat people in detention correctly.


Nepal: UN labour agency set to ramp up operations in quake-hit country

06 May 2015 – The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal two weeks ago is expected to impact one third of the country’s labour force, the Kathmandu office of the United Nations agency mandated to promote jobs and workplace rights worldwide warned today.


UN deplores deadly attack on 'blue helmets' in DR Congo

06 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the killing of two United Nations peacekeepers and the wounding of thirteen others in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following an ambush in the North Kivu region, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


Security Council hears Liberia briefing as country anticipates being declared ‘Ebola-free’

05 May 2015 – Liberia is expected to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) within the week if no more new cases of the disease are discovered before then, the top United Nations official in Liberia said today as she briefed the Security Council.


New UN guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies

05 May 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflicts.


Senior UN relief official urges international assistance as Niger and Chad shoulder regional crisis

05 May 2015 – Beset by multiple crises themselves, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.