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Central African Republic: surge in violence triggers new displacement, including into DR Congo

24 February 2015 – An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today.


In West Africa, UN launches improved fish drying technique to save lives and environment

24 February 2015 – A newly developed fish drying technology is improving food quality and saving lives in West Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today as it launched its effort to boost food safety and working conditions across the region.


Technology boost for UN peacekeepers ‘essential’ in rapidly evolving, complex world – UN experts

23 February 2015 – From the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations’ peacekeeping missions must make greater use of technological advances in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, according to a group of UN experts.


UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to ‘smart’ syringes that disable after single use

23 February 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.


2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States

23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.


Iraq: UN documents rights violations of increasingly sectarian nature

23 February 2015 – A United Nations report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country.


Security Council condemns ‘heinous’ bomb attacks in Libya

21 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly bomb attacks in al-Qubbah, Libya, claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known by its Arabic acronym, Da'esh.


UN health agency approves rapid test for Ebola as decline in cases appears to level off

20 February 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has approved for use a rapid diagnostic test kit for Ebola that can provide results in 15 minutes and correctly identify 92 percent of patients infected by the disease that has killed more than 9,400 people, mainly in West Africa.


Following election delay, Ban calls on Nigerian government to uphold new date for polls

20 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the Government of Nigeria to ensure that the new dates set for the country’s general elections are maintained following the vote’s recent postponement, according to the United Nations spokesperson’s office.


Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging ‘paradigm shift’

20 February 2015 – The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.