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275 stories found over the past 45 days
Myanmar: UNICEF warns children of Kachin face growing threats due to recent fighting

22 April 2014 – Recent fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels in Myanmar, and the resulting displacement of thousands of people, has significantly increased the risks to young people, including possible recruitment, limited access to basic services and the threat of landmines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors

22 April 2014 – Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns murder of second lawmaker in less than 48 hours

22 April 2014 – Following the murder earlier today of Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal – the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu – the top United Nations official in the country strongly condemned the incident and pledged the world body’s resolve in standing by the Somali people as they worked to build a stable, peaceful country.

Respect right of persons with disabilities to make their own choices, urges UN panel

22 April 2014 – People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines.

UN-backed summit on food security, ‘blue economy’ urges coordinated action

22 April 2014 – Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop the agenda of a United Nations-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic development which opened today in The Hague, the Netherlands.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in the Philippines

22 April 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has denounced the killing of journalist Rubylita Garcia and called on authorities in the Philippines to investigate the case.

On Mother Earth Day, UN urges protecting planet from ‘heavy hand of humankind’

22 April 2014 – On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

UN cautions Syria against holding presidential election amidst ongoing ‘tragedy’

21 April 2014 – Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi today pledged to continue to seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country’s three-year civil war.

Senior UN official calls for women to remain engaged in Afghan political life

21 April 2014 – With the results still being counted from Afghanistan's recent presidential election, the top United Nations official in the country today urged efforts to ensure that women remain meaningfully engaged in the political process and improve political life there.

Iraq: UN envoy denounces ‘vicious and cowardly’ attack on university in Baghdad

21 April 2014 – The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has denounced the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attack that took place yesterday against the Imam Kadhim University in the capital, Baghdad.