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Baghdad had highest level of civilian casualties in August – UN Iraq mission reports

02 September 2015 – Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed more than 1,300 people and injured over 1,800 others last month, reflecting a “steadily increasing number of casualties,” according to casualty figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI).

In Syria, UN agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp

02 September 2015 – Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified nine new suspected cases of typhoid and one case of scabies.

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First-ever UN-backed summit opens to harnesses global momentum to eliminate viral hepatitis

02 September 2015 – Delegates from more than 60 countries are gathered in Glasgow for the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit that began today aiming to provide “a wake-up call to build momentum to prevent, diagnose, treat – and eventually eliminate – viral hepatitis as a public health problem,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

‘Tangible’ results on Libyan political agreement – UN envoy

02 September 2015 – “Tangible” results have been achieved for a political deal in Libya, but concrete solutions to the conflict will only be reached when all parties agree on a final draft, the United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in the North African country said today.

UN human rights office ‘deeply regrets’ resumption of executions in Chad

01 September 2015 – Following the first executions in Chad since 2003, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today deeply regretted the resumption of the death penalty in that country and called for an official moratorium on its use.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union base

01 September 2015 – The top UN official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned today’s attack by Al Shabaab militants on an African Union Mission (AMISOM) base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent.

Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years due to ongoing ‘de-development’– UN report

01 September 2015 – A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist.

Response to ever-shifting needs in volatile Syria requires sustained donor support – UN relief chief

01 September 2015 – Even as aid agencies continue to reach those impacted by the Syria conflict, the needs of the 7.6 million people displaced by the war and the 4 million others who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries are “greater than ever,” and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis looks set to deteriorate even further unless a political solution is found, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today.

At UN, official stresses role of parliaments in success of sustainable development agenda

01 September 2015 – Parliaments have a critical role in translating the new sustainable development agenda – which world leaders will adopt later this month at the United Nations – into real improvements for the lives of the world’s people, says the head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

General Assembly hands over draft global sustainability agenda to UN Member States

01 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.