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Libya: UN ‘deeply concerned’ by reported threats against national rights institution

24 October 2014 – The United Nations human rights office expressed “deep concern” today at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli.

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges

24 October 2014 – The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today.

DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

24 October 2014 – Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

Mexico: UN rights office urges authorities to ‘step up’ efforts to find missing students

24 October 2014 – The United Nations human rights office has voiced concern about the continued enforced disappearance of students in the Mexican town of Iguala and urged local authorities to step up their efforts in finding them.

Amid uneasy ceasefire, Ukraine risks becoming ‘protracted’ conflict, UN officials warn

24 October 2014 – The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a “protracted low-intensity conflict.”

Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies continue aid push

24 October 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing and the deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

UN-backed forum: world's youth to demand seat at policy table

24 October 2014 – Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today's young people.

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

24 October 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

24 October 2014 – The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations said today as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”

On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better world

24 October 2014 – As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.”