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Governors of Nigeria's states can locally implement UN sustainable development goals, says Ban

23 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled over the weekend to Abuja, Nigeria, where today he met state Governors who, he said, can play a “fundamental role” in shaping the future of their country by implementing the sustainable development agenda Members States will adopt in a month in New York.

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul

23 August 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned “in the strongest terms” yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women.

Top UN relief official in Somalia appeals for scaled-up assistance in newly opened areas

21 August 2015 – Just back from an assessment mission in southern regions of Somalia, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has underscored that while relief supplies are reaching the areas “after years of isolation,” much work lay ahead for people to rebuild their lives in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor, in the Gedo and Bay regions, respectively.

UN health workers vaccinate millions of children against polio and measles in war-ravaged Yemen

21 August 2015 – Nearly a quarter of all health facilities in Yemen are no longer operating fully – with more expected to close down in the coming weeks – resulting in “catastrophic consequences” for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure who are dependent on life-saving support, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

In Syria, UN agency reports jump in typhoid cases among Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp

21 August 2015 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today said it has now identified 23 cases of typhoid among the civilian population from the Yarmouk refugee camp, more than threefold increase in the number of six cases first identified on 18 August.

Central African Republic: UN mission determined to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation by peacekeepers

20 August 2015 – Condemning all cases of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by its personnel, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that it is determined to “stamp out” this “extremely seriously problem.”

At Security Council, UN officials spotlight need for effective and accountable security institutions

20 August 2015 – The Security Council today turned its attention to the need to develop effective, affordable and accountable security institutions, with senior United Nations officials representing peacekeeping, development and conflict-related sexual violence outlining concrete steps to lay the foundations for rule of law, peace and sustainable development.

At Security Council, UN relief chief cites 'incomprehensible' scale of human suffering in Yemen

19 August 2015 – Just back from Yemen and “shocked” by what he saw there, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that the scale of human suffering is nearly incomprehensible, and that unless stakeholders get the parties to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table, soon “there will be nothing left to fight for.”

Libya: UN agency helps country upgrade response to boats in distress of its coast

19 August 2015 – Following a spate of deadly shipwrecks of the coast of Libya, the UN refugee agency has announced that it has set up a forum to improve the country’s response to boats in distress its waters by streamlining information sharing and coordination with international organizations.

UN reports new allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers in Central African Republic

19 August 2015 – A series of new “disturbing” allegations of misconduct in the Central African Republic were announced today by the Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSCA).