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Liberia again declared free of Ebola transmission as number of cases remains stable in wider West Africa

03 September 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and as the country enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, the number of cases in the rest of West Africa remained stable at three for the fifth consecutive week.


‘Shock must be matched by action,’ UNICEF chief says as Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis deepens

03 September 2015 – As the “heart-breaking” image of a drowned refugee boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey ricocheted around the world on social media, along with equally painful images of children lying suffocated in the backs of trucks crossing borders and being passed over barbed wire fences by desperate parents, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today made a powerful plea for action to protect migrant and refugee children.


India teams up with UN-backed alliance to accelerate financial inclusion for all

03 September 2015 – The Government of India has taken a step closer to becoming a cashless economy by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, a United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) initiative that helps enable countries transition to electronic payments.


Spotlighting sustainable development, ‘Global Goals’ campaign launched at UN

03 September 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups is uniting to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time to change the world.”


In Beijing, UN chief urges China to help build momentum ahead of Paris climate change conference

03 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and called for Beijing’s continued support for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Philippine journalist, calls for inquiry

03 September 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom condemned today the killing of Philippine journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado, who was shot by unknown assailants on 27 August in Ozamiz City in the Philippines.


Civilians in Syria suffering ‘a living tragedy’ with no end in sight, UN human rights expert warns

03 September 2015 – With nearly half Syria’s population now displaced or made refugees by a “protracted and chaotic” conflict, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today warned that while the world watches, civilians, Syrians of all backgrounds, are being subjected to war crimes, as well as other gross violations of their human rights.


Amid ongoing crisis largely ignored by world, Myanmar floods deal major blow to agriculture – UN agency

03 September 2015 – Heavy storms, floods and landslides across nearly all of Myanmar have destroyed huge swaths of rice paddies, as well as fish and shrimp ponds, and are expected to severely limit the availability of food if aid is not provided to farmers swiftly, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.


Conflict keeps millions of children out of school in Middle East and North Africa, warns new UNICEF report

03 September 2015 – More than 13 million – that is the number of children who are prevented from attending school by surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today.


Yemen: UN calls for unimpeded access to people in need as fighting intensifies in southwestern region

03 September 2015 – Air strikes, armed confrontation and looting across Taiz governorate in Yemen have exacerbated an already desperate situation, dramatically escalating humanitarian suffering, the United Nations relief wing warned today, urging unimpeded access to those in need.