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163 stories found over the past 45 days
UN officials hail role of cultural, religious dialogue in advancing peace, development

29 August 2014 – United Nations officials today highlighted the important role played by the initiative known as the Alliance of Civilizations in building bridges to peace, especially amid the current instability in many parts of the world, as they kicked off a global forum in Bali, Indonesia.


Ukraine: UN report shows rising civilian deaths, ongoing rights abuses

29 August 2014 – Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, says a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office.


Ban alarmed by ‘dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis; Security Council holds emergency talks

28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports of intensified fighting in the country south-east near the border with Russia, as the Security Council held emergency talks on the latest developments.


Ban, Security Council deplore detention of UN peacekeepers in Golan

28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, and demanded their immediate release.


Darfur: Security Council extends African Union-UN mission for 10 more months

27 August 2014 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2015, while requesting the peacekeeping mission to focus on strategic priorities such as the improved protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, along with the facilitation of aid and mediation activities.


Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks

27 August 2014 – Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).


Civil society gathers at UN to help shape new vision for global development, prosperity

27 August 2014 – Civil society converged on United Nations Headquarters in New York today to make their voices heard regarding the future global development agenda that will point the way forward on a range of issues such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and combating disease.


Using Egyptian crossing for first time in seven years, UN convoy brings food aid to Gaza

27 August 2014 – For the first time in seven years, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.


UN chief welcomes Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for Gaza

26 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace.


Ban welcomes signing of blueprint to implement South Sudan ceasefire

26 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing by the South Sudanese Government and the opposition of a plan to implement a seventh-month-old ceasefire deal between the two sides.