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Iraq: major relief effort underway in north as UN envoy warns against targeting of Sunnis in south

20 August 2014 – A United Nations refugee agency cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region today “in the largest single aid push” in more than a decade, as the top UN official in the country warned against increased targeting of Sunni minorities in the south.


Welcoming political progress, UN envoy warns of dire humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

19 August 2014 – With a month left before the full deployment of the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy for that country today said that while there have been pockets of improvements, the overall humanitarian and security situation in the country remains dire and “extremely volatile.”


UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development

19 August 2014 – The General Assembly formally received today an expert report setting out options that can be weighed by Member States on ways to finance the United Nations-driven sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.


Thai law on defaming monarchy has ‘chilling effect’ on free expression – UN rights office

19 August 2014 – The United Nations rights office today expressed serious concern over the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country’s so called lèse majesté law and its “chilling effects” on freedom of expression.


As South Sudan crisis grows, Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host

19 August 2014 – Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July, the United Nations refugee agency announced on Tuesday.


Ebola: UN health agency reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea

19 August 2014 – While the trends of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria and Guinea, where the virus made its first appearance in West Africa last December, have shown encouraging signs, the United Nations health agency today expressed concern about the situation in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.


Amid unprecedented destruction, Gaza needs ‘new deal’-style recovery plan – UN official

19 August 2014 – Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction in the latest military conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, a senior United Nations official urged today the international community to “rethink the Gaza paradigm.”


Iraq: UN refugee agency launches major humanitarian aid push for displaced people

19 August 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is launching one of its largest humanitarian aid pushes in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, aiming to help close to a half million people who had been forced to flee their homes.


UN mission in South Sudan condemns ‘sustained gunfire’ near Bentiu base

19 August 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child.


Briefing Security Council, UN deputy chief urges protection for frontline ‘humanitarian heroes’

19 August 2014 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson had one main message – “we must protect humanitarian workers” – as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict.