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Far greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations – UN report

23 October 2014 – While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report launched at the United Nations today.


As winter closes in, UN launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need

23 October 2014 – An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today as it launched an appeal for greater financial support to bolster its operations on the ground.


Mediterranean, North Atlantic prepares for UN-backed tsunami warning system test

23 October 2014 – Some 20 nations with coastlines on the North Atlantic, and Mediterranean and Black Seas are set to participate in a United Nations-supervised tsunami warning exercise to improve their ability to respond to an alert and enhance regional coordination in the event of a disaster.


UN panel pays out over $1 billion in reparations for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

23 October 2014 – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses in the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.06 billion available to the Government of Kuwait.


Forensic services must be independent from law enforcement – UN expert tells Assembly

22 October 2014 – To be effective, an investigation into torture must be prompt, impartial, independent and thorough, but that seems to be the exception in many countries, where forensic services are closely linked with law enforcement agencies, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture told the General Assembly.


‘Complex web’ of crises requires human rights-based solutions – UN rights chief

22 October 2014 – At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top human rights official said today.


At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances

22 October 2014 – States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared today.


DR Congo: UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security

22 October 2014 – The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the premises, and another yesterday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.


Amid ongoing Ebola outbreak, UN ramps up Organization-wide response

22 October 2014 – A United Nations health committee has met for the third time in three months to evaluate the Organization’s ongoing response to the global Ebola crisis amid broader agency-wide efforts in confronting the deadly disease, UN officials confirmed today.


Sustained response to Somalia piracy requires effective State governance – UN political chief

22 October 2014 – While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief today said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative ways for people to make a living.