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‘Science must have a place the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special UN meeting

20 October 2014 – Science, technology and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care and peace and security, eminent scientists and world leaders said, marking today at United Nations Headquarters the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).


In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes

20 October 2014 – Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said today.


UN urges winterization assistance for displaced Iraqis before cold weather sets in

20 October 2014 – With Iraq soon expecting heavy winter rains and sub-zero temperatures, efforts to provide hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons in the Middle Eastern country with the necessary protections are already being implemented, an official with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has declared, adding that while much is being done, a more comprehensive approach would be required.


UN agency ramps up for Gaza reconstruction push

19 October 2014 – A week after a major conference in Cairo on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Gaza, and in the wake of recent visits to Gaza by the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, the key UN agency on the ground there has begun scaling up its response to meet critical needs of people in the Strip.


DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government's decision to expel envoy

19 October 2014 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he “regrets and condemns” the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.


New UN report reveals alarming rise in use of death penalty in Iraq

19 October 2014 – Top United Nations officials are today calling on Government of Iraq to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty after a new UN report found an alarming rise in executions carried out by the country since capital punishment was restored in 2005.


Ebola: UN to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response

18 October 2014 – The United Nations concluded today a meeting on strengthening the international community's support to efforts by the Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa, on tackling the crisis.


DR Congo: UN envoy calls for decisive joint military action to neutralize rebels

18 October 2014 – In the wake of an overnight attack by suspected Ugandan-based rebels near the eastern Democratic Repulic of the Congo town Beni – the second deadly assault in 48 hours – the United Nations envoy in the country is calling for 'decisive joint military actions' by the Congolese army and UN peacekeeping troops to end the group's reign of terror.


Welcoming 'calm atmosphere' of Mozambique polls, Ban urges cooperation ahead of final results

18 October 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Mozambique for the “calm atmosphere” which prevailed during the presidential, legislative and provincial elections held in the souther Afircan country on 15 October 2014.


'ISIL must be defeated', declares Security Council, urging 'common effort' to halt militants' offensive

18 October 2014 – The Security Council has urged the world to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days, calling for “a common effort” among governments and institutions to “stamp out” the violence and intolerance ISIL espouses.