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Top UN official in South Sudan urges release of remaining child soldiers

28 April 2015 – The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town in the eastern part of the country, where she met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining children still being held by a militia group in the region.


Air pollution in Europe costs $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, UN study shows

28 April 2015 – The United Nations health agency reported today in first-of-its-kind study that air pollution across Europe is costing “a staggering” $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, which amounts to nearly one tenth of the region’s gross domestic product.


Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2016

28 April 2015 – The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara, known by the acronym MINURSO.


UN refugee agency assists hundreds of Libyans rescued at sea as Europe responds to migration crisis

28 April 2015 – The heads of United Nations agencies with a stake in the current crisis in the Mediterranean Sea have pledged to working closely with the European Union (EU) following its decision “to mobilize all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency.”


Burundi: Ban condemns election-related violence after President nominated as candidate

28 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today condemned the outbreak of violence in Burundi following the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party, and appealed to all Burundians to “safeguard the hard won gains” made in peace and democracy.


At Vatican meeting, UN chief and Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration

28 April 2015 – During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff’s encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.


On World Day, UN labour agency urges culture of prevention on occupational safety and health

28 April 2015 – Member States must work harder to consolidate safety and health prevention measures in the workplace, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) declared today as he urged the global community to do its utmost in reducing the number of occupational deaths, injuries and diseases around the world.


Dip in Southern Africa’s maize harvest could push up prices and boost import needs, UN warns

28 April 2015 – Southern Africa’s maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 per cent, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.


Ban ‘deeply concerned’ over uptick in attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur

28 April 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the recent spate of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers serving in Darfur as well as the “limited cooperation” provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing the incidents, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


UN allocates $15 million in emergency funds for Nepal earthquake response

28 April 2015 – In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance to people in desperate need.