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Security Council hears Liberia briefing as country anticipates being declared ‘Ebola-free’

05 May 2015 – Liberia is expected to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) within the week if no more new cases of the disease are discovered before then, the top United Nations official in Liberia said today as she briefed the Security Council.


New UN guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies

05 May 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflicts.


Senior UN relief official urges international assistance as Niger and Chad shoulder regional crisis

05 May 2015 – Beset by multiple crises themselves, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.


UNICEF brings aid to displaced Yarmouk families in previously inaccessible Damascus suburb

05 May 2015 – The United Nations children’s agency participated in two missions this week to provide humanitarian assistance to families recently displaced from Yarmouk camp, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


On International Day, UN says more midwife training will help tackle maternity and child deaths

05 May 2015 – Nearly 800 women continue to die every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations spotlighted as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for greater investment to increase the number of midwives and enhance the quality and reach of their services.


More funding needed to tackle ‘massive’ humanitarian needs in Sudan – UN relief official

05 May 2015 – The international humanitarian community in Sudan has appealed for more funds to respond to the “massive” needs in the country that has been long-affected by conflict and poverty, a senior United Nations relief official said today.


UN envoy announces start of talks aimed at achieving return to political track on Syria

05 May 2015 – A series of consultations that began today in Geneva aim to redouble international efforts in search of a political process to resolve the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told journalists today.


‘Not ghosts but human beings:’ UN rights office launches website on albinism

05 May 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched today a website dedicated to the issue of albinism aimed at debunking the myths of the rare condition which is “still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically.”


Central African Republic: armed groups agree to release child soldiers, says UNICEF

05 May 2015 – As part of an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), up to 10,000 children currently associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be released from roles such as combatants, sex slaves and cooks, a spokesperson for the agency told reporters in Geneva today.


Honouring victims of World War II, Ban reaffirms UN's founding goals to ensure peace and dignity for all

05 May 2015 – Seventy years ago, in 1945, from the ashes of one of humanity's darkest moments, the United Nations was founded to lead the world “out of horror and into peace,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at a tree planting and ceremony to remember the countless victims who lost their lives in the Second World War.