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Drought-stricken Cape Verde to receive urgent assistance from UN agriculture agency

18 February 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it will provide urgently needed food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to help thousands of people in drought-stricken Cape Verde, while also helping to build resilience and make agriculture less dependent on unpredictable rains.


In Afghanistan’s deadliest year, civilian casualties top 10,000 in 2014 – UN

18 February 2015 – Civilian casualties in Afghanistan topped 10,000 in 2014, a 22 per cent increase compared to the past year, reflecting increased ground battles between armed groups and the Government, and a drastic drawdown of Western troop presence in the country, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.


Invest in cities, renewable energy, UN envoy Michael Bloomberg tells conference in India

17 February 2015 – Welcoming India’s efforts to confront climate change, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, said today that the country was incredibly well placed to capitalise on the benefits of renewable energy.


Most pressing goal for Iraq remains defeating ISIL, says outgoing UN envoy

17 February 2015 – Delivering his final briefing as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov today stressed to the Security Council the optimism he feels for the country’s future, while tempering those hopes with fear over the many things that can go wrong.


Amid rising insecurity in Cameroon, senior UN relief official calls for ‘beefed up’ civilian protection

17 February 2015 – Concluding a seven-day visit to Central Africa, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs today called international support ‘pivotal’ in preventing further destabilization of the region, particularly Cameroon, where more than two million people are already in need of aid.


UN launches ‘All In’ initiative to end adolescent AIDS

17 February 2015 – In the fight against HIV/AIDS, progress for adolescents has fallen behind, world leaders gathered at a United Nations meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, stressed today, as they launched a global initiative to end the second leading cause of death among young people worldwide.


As Kyoto Protocol turns 10, UN says 'first critical step' must trigger new 2015 emissions-curbing deal

16 February 2015 – As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world's first emission reduction treaty – have collectively exceeded their original ambition.


UN rights chief requests 'one time only' deferral of key report on Sri Lanka conflict

16 February 2015 – At the request of the top United Nations rights official, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council today agreed to temporarily hold off its consideration of a long-awaited report into alleged rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka for six months, until September 2015.


Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African Republic

15 February 2015 – While a major scaling up of humanitarian action over the past year meant that “the worst has been avoided” in Central African Republic, senior United Nations and European Union relief officials in the region today stressed that needs are still extremely high and much remains to be done to ease the “appalling” suffering faced by the country's people.