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UN Mission in South Sudan condemns attack on barge convoy carrying aid supplies

24 April 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has strongly condemned today’s attack on a convoy of barges delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its base in Malakal in Upper Nile state.

Syria: OPCW-UN confirms progress in removing, destroying chemical weapons

24 April 2014 – More than 90 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations today confirmed.

Peeling away from big corporations, smaller farmers gain greater hold in banana market

24 April 2014 – Banana markets are becoming more fragmented creating opportunities for new companies and smaller producers, the United Nations agricultural agency today reported, urging more support for smaller farmers to be fully included in their national economies and to grow resilient fruit.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

24 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.

Peaceful, stable societies vital for advancing development, General Assembly told

24 April 2014 – Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed today as the General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of media workers in Syria

24 April 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today urged respect for professional and citizen journalists after three media workers from a Lebanese television station were killed while reporting on clashes south of Damascus in Syria.

Bangladesh: one year on, UN welcomes initial payments to survivors of factory collapse

23 April 2014 – One year after the global garment industry’s worst industrial accident, the fund chaired by the United Nations to compensate victims of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory collapse has begun issuing its initial round of payments, as efforts to address the root causes of the disaster continue.

UN in DR Congo pledges support, good offices to upcoming polls

23 April 2014 – The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will provide technical and logistical support for upcoming elections, the top UN official in the country today confirmed, stressing that the planning for the polls must be well organized and well-funded.

UN envoy reaffirms world body’s strong resolve to stay the course in Somalia

23 April 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today called on the country’s international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

Mali’s peace train ‘cannot be turned back,’ senior UN official tells Security Council

23 April 2014 – Calling for continued cooperation with regional organizations to support Mali’s steady efforts towards peace and stability through inclusive talks, a senior United Nations official today told the Security Council that despite progress, the security situation in the country’s restive north remains “very fragile” with increased activity by terrorist groups.