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298 stories found over the past 45 days
Security Council denounces persecution of minorities in northern Iraq

22 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq, which used to be home to minority communities that had lived together for hundreds of years before coming under direct attack by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies.


UN agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

22 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).


New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage

22 July 2014 – New data released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.


Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe

21 July 2014 – The Security Council today called for an international investigation into last week’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained.


Impunity leads perpetrators to continue child rights violations in DR Congo – UN report

21 July 2014 – The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.


Gaza: UN issues emergency appeal, begins airlift to meet urgent humanitarian needs

21 July 2014 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive.


Ban urges all parties to rally around efforts to end bloodshed, obtain Israel-Gaza ceasefire

21 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to rally around collective international efforts to obtain an end to two weeks of bloodshed in Gaza and Israel and reach a ceasefire, as he continued his visit to the region with a stop in Cairo.


‘Indigenous peoples’ must feature in new global development agenda, stress UN experts

21 July 2014 – The new global sustainable development agenda that Members States are currently working on must include specific references to indigenous peoples and the challenges they face, a group of United Nations experts stated today


UN agency warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

21 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging increased efforts to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats.


UN condemns attack in South Sudan, calls for political negotiations to resume

20 July 2014 – Following today's attack by opposition forces in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations official in the country are calling for all offensive operations to immediately end and for both sides to resume suspended peace talks.