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In fight against hunger, UN launches initiative targeting threat of desertification

22 October 2014 – The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.


‘Immediate action’ needed to support olive farmers in occupied Palestinian territory – UN

22 October 2014 – With nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories planted with olive trees, its cultivation remains a major driving force of the economy, said a senior United Nations official today as he travelled to two Palestinian olive-producing communities in the central West Bank.


Cambodia: UN-backed report reveals scope of violence against children

22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.


Briefing General Assembly, UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption

21 October 2014 – The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is “as great as it ever has been,” a United Nations human rights expert said today as he urged Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses.


South Sudan: UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites

21 October 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict, a senior UN official said in Juba today.


DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer

21 October 2014 – Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can “only be harmful for the country’s progress” and urged the Government to reconsider its position.


General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council

21 October 2014 – The General Assembly today elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015.


As Ebola response accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial vaccines

21 October 2014 – Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as the UN system continues to ramps up efforts to quell the spread of the deadly virus.


‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban

21 October 2014 – On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.


Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane

21 October 2014 – Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the UN agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane.