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Backing UN ‘Agenda 2030,’ parliamentary leaders pledge to place democracy at service of sustainable development

02 September 2015 – Parliamentary leaders from some 140 countries today declared that the United Nations must remain the cornerstone of global cooperation as an Organization that embodies the ardent hope of people around the world and pledged to place “democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development for the world the people want.”


UN envoy hails opening of ICC trial against Congolese rebel leader as ‘victory for survivors’

02 September 2015 – As the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda opened today, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said that it served as a powerful reminder to military leaders accused of similar acts that justice will ultimately prevail.


UN agency and MasterCard join forces to support refugees and small-scale farmers

02 September 2015 – Residents at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya will soon be able to buy charcoal produced in an environmentally-friendly way by local farmers as part of an innovative new alliance between the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and MasterCard to support small farmers and poor families.


Security Council adjusts Liberia sanctions; ends travel ban, keeps arms embargo in place

02 September 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today renewed an arms embargo on non-State actors in Liberia for nine months while terminating other sanctions on the country, including a travel ban and asset freeze on those deemed a danger to its stability.


Top UN relief official in Yemen condemns ‘despicable’ killing of two Red Cross workers

02 September 2015 – The top United Nations relief official in Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, has strongly condemned today’s killing of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Amran Governorate of the country.


Baghdad had highest level of civilian casualties in August – UN Iraq mission reports

02 September 2015 – Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed more than 1,300 people and injured over 1,800 others last month, reflecting a “steadily increasing number of casualties,” according to casualty figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI).


In Syria, UN agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp

02 September 2015 – Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified nine new suspected cases of typhoid and one case of scabies.


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First-ever UN-backed summit opens to harnesses global momentum to eliminate viral hepatitis

02 September 2015 – Delegates from more than 60 countries are gathered in Glasgow for the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit that began today aiming to provide “a wake-up call to build momentum to prevent, diagnose, treat – and eventually eliminate – viral hepatitis as a public health problem,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.


‘Tangible’ results on Libyan political agreement – UN envoy

02 September 2015 – “Tangible” results have been achieved for a political deal in Libya, but concrete solutions to the conflict will only be reached when all parties agree on a final draft, the United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in the North African country said today.


Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns Al Shabaab attack on African Union base

02 September 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the recent attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab against a base belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Janaale District, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.