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In West Africa, top UN health official unveils $100 million Ebola response plan

01 August 2014 – West Africa is confronted with a “fast-moving…unprecedented outbreak” of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by “unprecedented challenges,” but the head of the United Nations health agency today told Presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that “when well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”


Iraq: UN envoy urges greater civilian protection as fighting continues to take heavy toll

01 August 2014 – The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called for greater efforts to protect civilians amid the ongoing fighting, as the latest casualty figures show that nearly 1,200 civilians were killed in the month of July, while another 1,500 were injured.


Amid reports of fresh violence, UN envoy urges Gaza parties to reaffirm commitment to ceasefire

01 August 2014 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has expressed deep concern about the serious consequences that could arise following the violation by parties to the Gaza conflict of a humanitarian ceasefire that was set to take affect earlier this morning but quickly fell apart.


Afghanistan: UN welcomes arrival of observers for audit of run-off election results

01 August 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed today’s deployment of international observers and UN experts ahead of the resumption Saturday of the comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.


At UN-backed summit, least developed countries urge enhanced partnerships, aid commitments

31 July 2014 – At the closing today of a conference in Cotonou, Benin, ministers, senior Government officials and United Nations representatives called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments and go even further, by allocating at least 50 percent of their overseas development assistance (ODA) and “aid for trade” disbursement, to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs).


UN, civil aviation partners set up task force to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones

31 July 2014 – In the wake of the recent downing of a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, the United Nations and its partners have set up a task force to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas and ensure that the “right information reaches the right people at the right time.”


Greater local-level autonomy in Viet Nam would be ‘litmus test’ for religious freedom – UN expert

31 July 2014 – During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.


UN, US announce Gaza parties agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire

31 July 2014 – All parties have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday, culminating the latest diplomatic push to end the deadly violence that has gripped the tiny enclave for nearly a month.


Iraq: Amid rising insecurity, UN official urges unimpeded access to desperate civilians

31 July 2014 – A senior UN official in Iraq expressed concern today over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians.


Food insecurity in South Sudan set to deepen as funds dry up, warns UN agency

31 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funding for life-saving assistance dwindles.