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Climate Summit: ‘All hands on deck’ declares Ban, calling for leadership, concrete action

23 September 2014 – We are not here to talk, we are here to make history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told world leaders at an “unprecedented and important gathering” that aims to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.

Ebola: As global response lags, UN warns 20,000 may be infected by November

23 September 2014 – Unless efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are ramped up, more than 20,000 people could be infected by early November, according to a joint United Nations study published today that predicts number of cases will climb exponentially.

Ban seeks ‘vision, concrete action’ from world leaders at UN climate summit

22 September 2014 – True to his belief that tackling climate change requires “all hands on deck”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gathering a new and unique mix of partners at United Nations Headquarters Tuesday – from Government, business, finance and civil society – for a summit aiming to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal | Watch live webcast

DR Congo: Ban says recommitment to peace framework critical to addressing root cause of conflict

22 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said that addressing the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region requires a recommitment to all national and regional commitments under the agreed-to peace Framework.

Global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women – UN-backed study

22 September 2014 – Nowhere to be “scene,” women protagonists have less than one-third of all speaking roles in film and are largely absent from powerful positions, according to a United Nations-backed survey released today which argues for the involvement of more female film-makers in the industry, and for greater sensitivity to gender imbalance on screen.

Absence of ‘credible political solution’ causing severe consequences in Middle East: UN chief

22 September 2014 – The absence of a credible political solution is having “severe consequences” on the Middle East, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today as he urged all parties to reverse the negative trend toward hostilities and return to peace talks that tackle the root causes of the crisis.

UN Women, Mary Robinson, to host special climate change event for women leaders

22 September 2014 – On the eve of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, are gathering with some 130 other women leaders to show their commitment to climate action.

Accountability for Israeli, Palestinian rights violations vital for peace – UN official

22 September 2014 – A senior United Nations official today urged both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to carry out their own investigations into the recent conflict and take steps to ensure accountability for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that were committed.

Cairo+20: General Assembly reaffirms UN goals on population, development

22 September 2014 – The international community must renew its pledge to protect women and girls as it strives to improve the dignity of all people and secure the future of the planet, senior United Nations officials told General Assembly today, marking 20 years since a landmark conference that reinforced the principle that people should be at the centre of development.

FEATURE: Juggling a cacophony of tongues, UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster

22 September 2014 – Out of potential linguistic chaos, a corps of over 100 United Nations interpreters brings order and comprehension as speaker after speaker from around the world takes the podium of the General Assembly to give their annual speeches at the General Debate, discusses war and peace in the Security Council, or delves into arcane details of administrative and budgetary affairs in one of the Assemblys six specialized committees.