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Humanitarian community must move quickly to halt cholera spread in Malawi – UN

27 February 2015 – With 39 cases of cholera in the last two weeks, including two deaths, the United Nations children’s agency in Malawi is on high alert for spread in southern border areas where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located, according to a press statement released today.


‘Political will, steady action’ can end violence against children, UN envoy tells Indonesia

27 February 2015 – During her visit this week to Jakarta, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, stressed that violence against children is never justified and commended Indonesia for addressing the scourge.


Ban reiterates condemnation of Boko Haram attacks, urges efforts to combat terrorist threat

27 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.


Partnerships ‘central’ to post-2015 agenda, says UN Economic, Social Council President

27 February 2015 – Partnerships involving Government, the private sector, civil society, academia and philanthropic organizations will prove central to implementation of the new development agenda, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council said this morning as he opened a special event on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York.


‘Women must be at the decision-making table at all levels’ UN tells high-level meeting in Chile

27 February 2015 – The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at a high-level event in Chile on women and decision-making at a today, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven.


Mali: UN, partners launch humanitarian appeal as relief efforts continue

27 February 2015 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has joined with partner agencies to launch a multy0million dollar appeal for urgent funding for aid operations in Mali amid the country’s ongoing crisis, a spokesperson said today.


UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages

27 February 2015 – Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency.


UN expert applauds US decision guaranteeing ‘net neutrality’

27 February 2015 – The United States Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to establish new regulations protecting so-called net neutrality, or the equal treatment of all Internet traffic, is “a real victory” for freedom of expression and access to information, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


Yemen: closely monitoring ‘critical situation,’ UN rights office urges meaningful dialogue

27 February 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is closely monitoring the critical situation in Yemen where the political dialogue is faltering and urged a meaningful dialogue to avoid further instability.


Agriculture in Caribbean vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says UN official

27 February 2015 – The head of the United Nations agriculture agency underlined yesterday the huge importance of agriculture and farming to countries of the Caribbean during an address to Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in the Bahamas.