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316 stories found over the past 45 days
UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.


‘Appalled’ by attack on UN-run school in Gaza, Ban urges halt to all fighting

24 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is “appalled” by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities, adding that the incident underscores the need to stop all fighting immediately.


Amid audit delay, UN in Afghanistan proposes criteria for ordering recounts

24 July 2014 – As the audit of the Afghan presidential election resumed today, the United Nations proposed a set of criteria to the country’s main electoral body for separating valid votes from fraudulent ballots cast in the June presidential run-off.


UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.19 billion available to the Government of Kuwait.


Nigeria: UN envoy condemns renewal of heinous Boko Haram attacks on civilians

24 July 2014 – The United Nations envoy for West Africa today strongly condemned the latest killing of civilians reportedly by the Boko Haram group in two Nigerian regions.


Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit

24 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support for efforts to overcome the division’s plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful country for all, during a stop there as part of his current visit to the region.


Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

24 July 2014 – Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations says in a flagship report released today that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.


Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue political gains

23 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals.


Afghanistan to resume election audit on Thursday, UN confirms

23 July 2014 – The physical audit of the votes cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election is due to resume tomorrow, the United Nations today confirmed after a meeting with Afghan electoral commission officials.


Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official

23 July 2014 – South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees.