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UN agency in Gaza trains teachers to aid students with ‘psychological scars’

02 October 2014 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East said today that it is training teachers in Gaza to provide psychosocial support to the 241,000 children back in schools in the area.

Refugees perish at ‘alarming’ rate on dangerous crossing to Europe – UN agency

02 October 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency reported today that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

Filling classrooms with poorly trained teachers undercuts education gains, warns UN

02 October 2014 – A global shortage of teachers has pressured many countries into hiring educators with little or no training, undermining the educational progress of numerous school-age children around the world, the United Nations education agency warned today.

At UN meeting in Geneva, Ban spotlights trade as driver of global sustainable development

01 October 2014 – The critical role played by international trade in lifting economies out of poverty is an invaluable one but must remain consonant with the objectives enshrined in the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in an address to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

UN meeting hears call for greater marine protections as plastic waste accrues in oceans

01 October 2014 – The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) heard today.

‘Together we can make a difference,’ says General Assembly President, previewing work ahead

01 October 2014 – President of the 69th session the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, told reporters at United Nations Headquarters today that the high-level general debate was very successful and that over the next year, work will be undertaken with “a spirit of cooperation and optimism inspired by the belief that together we can make a difference.”

UN, Liberia assessing food security impact of Ebola outbreak, planning response

01 October 2014 – The Liberian Government, along with key United Nations agencies, is set to carry out a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, as the top UN envoy on curbing the spread of the virus in West Africa arrived today in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Africa’s achievements, challenges in peace, development focus of UN meeting

01 October 2014 – While there has been great social and economic progress across Africa, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands, including providing jobs to young people, said United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a high-level meeting of regional partners held today at Headquarters.

Iraq: UN reports at least 1,119 killed in September; actual figure likely higher

01 October 2014 – At least 1,119 Iraqis – most of them civilians – were killed in August, the United Nations in the country today reported, but cautioned that the figure does not include people killed in the ongoing operation in Anbar, or those who died from the heat or hunger after being forced to flee violence in their cities.

In Geneva, UN chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts

01 October 2014 – Amid mounting crises, a warming planet and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by “many troubles,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he pressed the international community to engage in “unprecedented cooperation” as it faces a slew of global predicaments.