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Ban welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as new UN Messenger of Peace ahead of climate march

20 September 2014 – As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather tomorrow for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body's “new voice for climate advocacy.”


Star-studded event kicks off UN Women global gender solidarity campaign

20 September 2014 – Launching one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, opened a star-studded event in New York this evening with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voiced for gender equality today and women's empowerment.


Ban launches UN Ebola response mission; advance teams to arrive in West Africa on Monday

20 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September.


Syria: Ban urges immediate end to violence as thousands flee militant offensive in northern town

20 September 2014 – Alarmed by reports that thousands of civilians in northern Syria have been forced from their homes by the latest Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) offensive in the area, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded an immediate end to the violence.


UN agencies 'shocked and saddened' by vaccination deaths in Syria

19 September 2014 – Some 15 children died and 50 others were reportedly affected by a contaminated measles vaccination in Idlib, Syria, according to the United Nations.


UN General Assembly underlines 'strong commitment' to bolster response to Ebola outbreak

19 September 2014 – As an Ebola outbreak of “unprecedented nature and scope” continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the United Nations General Assembly today underlined it strong commitment to responding to the emergency in a timely, effective and coordinated manner and to support the affected countries in tackling the virus.


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.