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At Middle East, North Africa summit, UN humanitarian chief urges ‘new ideas’ on emergency responses

03 March 2015 – In her remarks to open the Middle East and North Africa regional consultation session in preparation for the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs today underlined the importance of grassroots involvement in humanitarian affairs and of putting people “front and centre” in response of efforts.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Colombian journalist

03 March 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the killing of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar in the “strongest possible terms” and urged local authorities to do their “utmost” to bring the perpetrators to justice.


Security Council approves system to impose targeted sanctions in South Sudan

03 March 2015 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today creating a system by which it would to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, the 15-member body’s latest step towards ending a conflict that has killed thousands in the world's newest country.


Over 5 billion people worldwide lacking access to essential medicines, says UN Report

03 March 2015 – Three quarters of the world population has no access to proper pain relief treatment, according to a report by the United Nations body charged with overseeing Governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties, which was released in London today.


Ebola: UN tells Brussels meeting world must ‘stay on course’ to get to, remain at zero cases

03 March 2015 – Representatives of United Nations organizations engaged in the response against Ebola today pledged their support to the worst-affected West African countries in “each stage of this journey; the drive to zero, the early recovery, the medium and longer term development.”


Amid ‘diminishing window of opportunity,’ Libyan peace talks set to resume

03 March 2015 – A new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving Libya’s political crisis will kick-off later this week as stakeholders from the North African country prepare to gather in Morocco, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.


UN agency supports Government project bringing rights, services to South Sudanese people living in Sudan

03 March 2015 – Under a United Nations-backed initiative, South Sudanese people living in Sudan are being registered by the Government of Sudan and issued identity cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services.


Nigerian refugee crisis continues as Boko Haram fighting spills across region

03 March 2015 – The exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern regions continues amid an influx of sixteen thousand refugees into neighbouring Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.


On Ear Care Day, UN health agency spotlights risks of noise-induced hearing loss

03 March 2015 – More than 1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to devote today's International Ear Care Day to “Making Listening Safe.”


‘It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime’ UN proclaims on World Wildlife Day

03 March 2015 – Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked World Wildlife Day.