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UN human rights office welcomes conditional release of Bahraini rights defender

19 September 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Office today welcomed the conditional release of Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who had been in detention since her arrest at Manama airport on 30 August.


Ahead of Alzheimer’s Day, UN expert urges greater protections for people with dementia

19 September 2014 – A United Nations independent expert today called on Member States to do more to protect older people affected by dementia from stigmatization, discrimination, victimization and neglect.


Ebola: joint UN assessment response team heads to Liberia

19 September 2014 – Hours after the United Nations decided to establish an emergency health mission to tackle the West African Ebola outbreak, a joint disaster team is heading to Liberia to assess the response to the virus, while a senior UN health official said that a vaccine could be ready by the end of this year.


Ukraine: UN political chief says adverse security conditions hampering full access to crash site

19 September 2014 – Two months after the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine that killed 298 people on board, the top United Nations political official updated the Security Council on developments related to the investigation of the incident.


Mali: Security Council, Ban condemn attack that killed five UN peacekeepers

19 September 2014 – The Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms yesterday’s attack by an explosive device on a road in Mali, in which five Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three other peacekeepers were severely injured.


Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat amounts to ‘mass murder’ – UN rights chief

19 September 2014 – The UN’s top human rights official today urged Egypt and other North African and European States to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.


Marking International Day, UN affirms people's right to 'imagine' and live in peace

19 September 2014 – With John Lennon's iconic song “Imagine” as the backdrop, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace underscoring that all people have the right to peace.


Ahead of UN climate summit, leading investors urge transition to low-carbon economy

18 September 2014 – Just days before United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes his much-anticipated climate summit, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets are calling on Governments to take action that supports, rather than limits, investments in clean energy and climate solutions.


UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak ‘threat to peace and security’

18 September 2014 – The Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the United Nations will deploy a new emergency health mission to combat one of most horrific diseases on the planet that has shattered the lives of millions.


Life-saving food aid in jeopardy for millions of Syrians, warns UN agency

18 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance.