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292 stories found over the past 45 days
Central African Republic: Ban appoints Cameroonian general to lead UN peacekeeping force

30 July 2014 – As the United Nations “re-hats” some of the African troops currently serving in the Central African Republic to a peacekeeping mission that will take over in mid-September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that the current African force commander will remain in charge under the UN flag.


UN envoy welcomes agreement of intent to form new central Somalia administration

30 July 2014 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia welcomed today the agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of the country.


UN health agency moves to allay mounting fears over Ebola spread

30 July 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today advised that while travellers should be aware of Ebola, they will not contract the highly-contagious, often fatal disease unless they actually touch someone who is showing active symptoms.


‘Flagrant’ violations of international law continue in Syria, top UN relief official warns

30 July 2014 – With the United Nations and its partners in Syria begin to ramp up aid deliveries across battle lines, the Organization’s Emergency Relief Coordinator warned today that attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue “in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of…international law.”


UN envoy welcomes criteria for invalidation, recount in Afghan audit process

30 July 2014 – The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed the decision to adopt criteria for the invalidation and recount of ballots as part of the ongoing audit over the results of the presidential run-off poll.


Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Iraq, Cyprus

30 July 2014 – The Security Council today unanimously approved resolutions extending the United Nations missions in Iraq and Cyprus, recognizing the vital role they continue to play in the maintenance of peace and security.


Ban urges halt to fighting, unfettered access to Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine

30 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate halt to hostilities in eastern Ukraine so that international investigators can gain access to the site where a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight crashed earlier this month.


On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UN calls for action to eradicate scourge

30 July 2014 – Emphasizing that the practice of slavery still plagues modern society, the United Nations marked its first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons by calling on the international community to end impunity for perpetrators and help victims, especially women and children, who continue to be particularly vulnerable to the perfidious trade.


Gaza: deadly shelling of another UN school draws condemnation, calls for ceasefire

30 July 2014 – As another United Nations school serving as a shelter for Palestinians in Gaza was hit by shells this morning, killing children, senior UN officials strongly condemned the attacks and warned against the targeting of civilians.


On first official visit, Ban hails Costa Rica as ‘model’ for development, peace

30 July 2014 – On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.