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Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers, commitment to get them educated

01 August 2014 – Myanmar released dozens of children and young adults from its armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, the United Nations today confirmed, welcoming also efforts to get the people away from guns and into classrooms.

UN welcomes Afghanistan’s recommitment to end recruitment of child soldiers

01 August 2014 – Afghanistan took another step forward in protecting children from being recruited into and used by national security forces, a move welcomed today by the United Nations.

Despite peace talks, ongoing clashes in Central African Republic take heavy toll on civilians – UN

01 August 2014 – United Nations humanitarian staff working in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) reported today that despite peace talks, civilians continue to be caught in crossfire in ongoing fighting.

Annulment of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law hailed by UN officials

01 August 2014 – United Nations officials have welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, hailing it as a victory for the rule of law and social justice.

Simple, smart, cost-effective, breastfeeding provides benefits that last a lifetime – UN

01 August 2014 – The best thing a mother can do for her newborn is breastfeed – which does more than help children survive, it helps them to thrive with benefits that last a lifetime, said the United Nations today, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.

FEATURE: As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’

01 August 2014 – The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?

In West Africa, top UN health official unveils $100 million Ebola response plan

01 August 2014 – West Africa is confronted with a “fast-moving…unprecedented outbreak” of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by “unprecedented challenges,” but the head of the United Nations health agency today told Presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that “when well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”

Iraq: UN envoy urges greater civilian protection as fighting continues to take heavy toll

01 August 2014 – The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called for greater efforts to protect civilians amid the ongoing fighting, as the latest casualty figures show that nearly 1,200 civilians were killed in the month of July, while another 1,500 were injured.

Ban ‘shocked’ at collapse of Gaza ceasefire, urges maximum restraint by all parties

01 August 2014 – Strongly condemning the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced this morning in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed deep concern about renewed Israeli attacks on the tiny enclave, which have reportedly killed more than 70 Palestinians.

Afghanistan: UN welcomes arrival of observers for audit of run-off election results

01 August 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed today’s deployment of international observers and UN experts ahead of the resumption Saturday of the comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.