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Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

24 July 2014 – Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations says in a flagship report released today that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.


Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue political gains

23 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals.


Afghanistan to resume election audit on Thursday, UN confirms

23 July 2014 – The physical audit of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election is due to resume tomorrow, the United Nations today confirmed after a meeting with Afghan electoral commission officials.


Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official

23 July 2014 – South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees.


Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’

23 July 2014 – The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account.


Ban appoints former head of UN Liberia mission to lead operation in South Sudan

23 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe LØj of Denmark as his top official in South Sudan, replacing Hilde Johnson.


Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls not forgotten, UN chief declares as worldwide vigils begin

23 July 2014 – Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place today.


As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’

23 July 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.


UN allocates $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa

23 July 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.


In Jerusalem, Ban meets with Israeli, US officials, reiterates call for Mid-East ceasefire

23 July 2014 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Jerusalem today with Israeli and United States officials today in Jerusalem and called for an immediate ceasefire as the crisis in the Gaza Strip enters its 16th day.