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Partnerships key for future development agenda, says UN Economic, Social Council President

12 February 2015 – Multi-stakeholder partnerships hold the key to achieving global development goals, Martin Sajdik, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has said, stressing that ending poverty, transforming people's lives and protecting the planet will require more than the work of States alone and must draw from a diverse cross-section of actors.


Ebola: World Bank will provide seeds to farmers in West Africa to ward off hunger

12 February 2015 – The World Bank Group announced today that it has mobilized some $15 million in emergency financing to provide a record 10,500 tons of maize and rice seed to more than 200,000 farmers in the countries most-affected by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak, in time for the April planting season.


Ban commends ‘intensive’ diplomatic efforts to end Ukraine crisis, urges respect for cease-fire terms

12 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the perseverance of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany to bring the conflict in Ukraine to an end, resulting in the signing of a package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk accords of September 2014.


'Yemen is collapsing before our eyes,' UN chief warns, urging international support to end crisis

12 February 2015 – Amid a dangerous political and humanitarian crisis and a seething secessionist movement, Yemen sits on the brink of collapse, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council today, reminding the international community of its “solemn obligation” under the UN Charter to help the country prevent an escalation of the conflict and re-launch its political process.


Top UN development programme official starts West Africa visit focused on Ebola recovery

11 February 2015 – The top United Nations development official, tasked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead the Organization’ system-wide Ebola-related recovery effort, today began a visit to West Africa, where a new study recommended better programs for women who have been disproportionately impacted by the disease.


UN envoy and Syrian President discuss political solution to conflict, Aleppo fighting ‘freeze’

11 February 2015 – After two days of intensive discussions in Damascus with Syrian authorities, including a long meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad today, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, stressed the importance of reducing the violence of the conflict to protect the Syrian people and to increase unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance to all those in need.


After ‘grim’ 2014, UN urges renewed push for Middle East peace

10 February 2015 – The resolution of the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict is “clearly a serious matter” for international peace and security, particularly during a time when the entire Middle East is threatened with terrorism and violent extremism, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned today.


Mozambique: UN chief welcomes dialogue between President and opposition leader

10 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the meetings between Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and the head of the opposition RENAMO party, Afonso Dhlakama, adding his approval of the progress made in talks between the two leaders and congratulating them both for their “commitment to dialogue,” the UN Spokesperson's office has announced.


Middle East diplomatic Quartet urges resumption of negotiations ‘as soon as possible’

09 February 2015 – The European Union, United Nations, United States and Russia, representing the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East Peace Process, have urged the resumption of Israeli-Palestinians negotiations “as soon as possible” and reached out for donor funding to accelerate reconstruction of Gaza “to address the basic needs of the Palestinian population and to ensure stability.”


‘World must act responsibly,’ say UN advisors urging restraint following latest ISIL atrocity

06 February 2015 – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) need to know that they will be held accountable for their crimes, two senior United Nations right officials declared today, adding that recent murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was “yet another example of a deliberate grave abuse of human rights and international humanitarian law” perpetrated by the extremist group.