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At UN meeting, prevention cited as key factor in fight against terrorism-related kidnapping

24 November 2014 – The practice of kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking continues to provide the world’s terrorists with a reliable source of income to fund their operations, United Nations Member States were told today at a meeting jointly held by the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in New York.

Madagascar: UN health agency warns of ‘rapid’ spread of plague in capital city

24 November 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “rapid” spread of the plague in the capital of Madagascar, where health authorities have reported 119 cases of the bacterial disease, including at least 40 deaths in the island nation.

Ban applauds Tunisian presidential vote as country’s democratic transition continues

24 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their first presidential election since revolution swept the country and ushered in an era of democratic change.

‘Peace process hangs from a thread,’ UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

24 November 2014 – United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute.

Top UN health officials take joint mission to Mali in support of Ebola response

24 November 2014 – The Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support the country in its efforts to curb the spread of Ebola, as authorities there announced one new case and that two more suspected patients were being tested.

UN says Palestinian refugees from Syria face ‘increasingly grave’ situation region wide

24 November 2014 – The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said today.

In Central African Republic, UN team investigates outbreak of sectarian violence

24 November 2014 – A United Nations humanitarian mission has visited a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid an outburst of violence that left at least 14 people injured and three killed, the Organization’s humanitarian relief office announced today.

#OrangeUrHood campaign kicks off UN-led effort to end violence against women

24 November 2014 – Tonight, for the first time ever, both the iconic Empire State Building and United Nations Headquarters in New York will be bathed in orange light to kick off the “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

UN committee to examine inscription requests for lists on intangible cultural heritage

24 November 2014 – A United Nations committee tasked with protecting the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature will begin examining requests today for inscription on the two lists of intangible cultural heritage, as part of its current session meeting in Paris this week.

Ban urges dialogue as Burkina Faso interim Government holds first cabinet meeting

24 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all appointed transitional leaders in Burkina Faso to work in a “collaborative and harmonious manner,” as the inaugural Cabinet meeting of the transitional Government was held today.