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Security Council, in emergency session, calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

28 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today, meeting in an emergency session just after midnight, called for an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.


Gaza: UN renews appeal for humanitarian ceasefire leading to political talks

27 July 2014 – Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.


Deploring attack on Afghan civilians, UN mission calls for prompt investigation

26 July 2014 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned the killing on Friday of civilians in the western province of Ghor, and called for a prompt investigation into the crime.


Arms race in Syria must be stopped to reduce civilian suffering, says head of UN panel

25 July 2014 – As ‘gross human rights violations’ continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe today implored Member States to stop supplying weapons to both sides.


UN and partners urge humanitarian ceasefire, return to dialogue by Israelis, Palestinians

25 July 2014 – The United Nations and its diplomatic partners today called for a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire, as they continue their efforts to bring about an end to the bloodshed and destruction that is tearing apart the lives of so many civilians in Gaza and Israel.


UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.


Impact of Iraq conflict on minorities ‘devastating and irreversible’ – UN rights experts

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations human rights experts warned today that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the “devastating and irreversible” brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country.


Troubled by escalating violence in Libya, ICC Prosecutor urges halt to fighting

25 July 2014 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today she is “deeply troubled” by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court.


During Skype call, Ban voices gratitude for courageous efforts of UN staff in Gaza

25 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke with United Nations staff in Gaza via Skype and thanked them for their courageous efforts amid the ongoing conflict, which has now displaced over 140,000 people in the area.


UN agency hails Suriname for eliminating gender discrimination in nationality laws

25 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a recent decision taken by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children.