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At UN-backed summit, least developed countries urge enhanced partnerships, aid commitments

31 July 2014 – At the closing today of a conference in Cotonou, Benin, ministers, senior Government officials and United Nations representatives called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments and go even further, by allocating at least 50 percent of their overseas development assistance (ODA) and “aid for trade” disbursement, to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs).


UN, civil aviation partners set up task force to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones

31 July 2014 – In the wake of the recent downing of a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, the United Nations and its partners have set up a task force to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas and ensure that the “right information reaches the right people at the right time.”


Greater local-level autonomy in Viet Nam would be ‘litmus test’ for religious freedom – UN expert

31 July 2014 – During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.


UN, US announce Gaza parties agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire

31 July 2014 – All parties have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday, culminating the latest diplomatic push to end the deadly violence that has gripped the tiny enclave for nearly a month.


Iraq: Amid rising insecurity, UN official urges unimpeded access to desperate civilians

31 July 2014 – A senior UN official in Iraq expressed concern today over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians.


Food insecurity in South Sudan set to deepen as funds dry up, warns UN agency

31 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funding for life-saving assistance dwindles.


Central African Republic: Ban appoints Cameroonian general to lead UN peacekeeping force

30 July 2014 – As the United Nations “re-hats” some of the African troops currently serving in the Central African Republic to a peacekeeping mission that will take over in mid-September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that the current African force commander will remain in charge under the UN flag.


UN envoy welcomes agreement of intent to form new central Somalia administration

30 July 2014 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia welcomed today the agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of the country.


UN health agency moves to allay mounting fears over Ebola spread

30 July 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today advised that while travellers should be aware of Ebola, they will not contract the highly-contagious, often fatal disease unless they actually touch someone who is showing active symptoms.


‘Flagrant’ violations of international law continue in Syria, top UN relief official warns

30 July 2014 – With the United Nations and its partners in Syria begin to ramp up aid deliveries across battle lines, the Organization’s Emergency Relief Coordinator warned today that attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue “in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of…international law.”