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President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

15 September 2014 – Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred post-2015 development agenda.

UN labour agency partners with retailer H&M on social sustainability

15 September 2014 – The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced a unique partnership with retail giant H&M to promote sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry.

UN urges young people to engage in democracy – and for politicians to engage youth

15 September 2014 – The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Democracy with calls on young people to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world.

FEATURE: Newly renovated UN General Assembly hall will greet world leaders next week

15 September 2014 – The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 ¬– the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly session – and you get an idea of the sheer amount of work being put into making sure everything goes off without a hitch.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced today.

Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza – UN agency

15 September 2014 – As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children today returned back to United Nations-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is supporting holistic and innovative solutions to ensure the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees are addressed, in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.

Central African Republic: Ban welcomes official deployment of UN mission

15 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the official transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Libya closer to brink of protracted conflict and strife, UN envoy warns

15 September 2014 – Three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere closer to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, the top UN official in Libya said today, noting the urgency to take advantage of a “small window of opportunity.”

FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization’s most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council’s 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women’s empowerment.

Nuclear programmes of DPR Korea, Iran remain ‘serious concern’ – UN official

15 September 2014 – The nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran remain matters of serious concern, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today, as he called on both countries to cooperate fully to clear up outstanding issues.