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UN calls on Kyrgyzstan to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

24 October 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.


UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

24 October 2014 – The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations said today as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”


On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better world

24 October 2014 – As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.”


UN expert urges Member States to consider justice as pillar of development

23 October 2014 – The pursuit of development must expand beyond economic gains and include claims of justice, non-discrimination and opportunities, an independent United Nations expert told the General Assembly today.


Right to online privacy at risk as governments engage in mass surveillance – UN expert

23 October 2014 – States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said today as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.


Ahead of World Day, UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

23 October 2014 – Every day, a thousand or so children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on the eve of World Polio Day.


Primary focus of response must be to halt spread of Ebola in West Africa – UN

23 October 2014 – As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts said today.


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.