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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 in celebration of UN-Women’s “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.

New bird flu strain in Europe threatens poultry sector, UN agency warns

24 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along the Black Sea and East Atlantic migratory routes of wild birds.

Trafficking in children on the rise, says new UN report

24 November 2014 – One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into “modern slavery,” according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released today by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

Amid ‘anaemic’ job creation, Greece risks prolonged social crisis – UN report

24 November 2014 – Faced with an “anaemic” pace of job creation and nearly 1.3 million unemployed citizens, Greece risks a prolonged social crisis unless urgent measures are taken, warns a new report out today from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Afghanistan: UN mission chief strongly condemns suicide bombing at volleyball match

24 November 2014 – A brutal terrorist attack which killed at least 50 civilians in Afghanistan over the weekend is an “atrocity” and may amount to a war crime, the top United Nations envoy to the country declared today as he condemned the indiscriminate suicide bombing in “the strongest terms.”

DR Congo: UN special envoy condemns ‘trend of massacres’ in eastern province

24 November 2014 – The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing flare-ups of deadly violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.