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Forced displacement in Somalia shows ‘no signs of easing,’ UN agency warns

16 September 2014 – Alarming circumstances such as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihood have forced over 130,000 people from their homes in Somalia so far this year, with the majority being internally displaced, warned the United Nations refugee agency today.


World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains ‘unacceptably high’ – joint UN report

16 September 2014 – More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released today stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.


Marking International Day, UN officials hail progress in reducing damage to ozone layer

16 September 2014 – United Nations officials today hailed the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.


UN reports one million children die on first day of life from mostly preventable causes

16 September 2014 – While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization’s most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council’s 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women’s empowerment.


President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

15 September 2014 – Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred post-2015 development agenda.


FEATURE: Newly renovated UN General Assembly hall will greet world leaders next week

15 September 2014 – The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 ¬– the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly session – and you get an idea of the sheer amount of work being put into making sure everything goes off without a hitch.


UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced today.


Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza – UN agency

15 September 2014 – As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children today returned back to United Nations-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is supporting holistic and innovative solutions to ensure the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees are addressed, in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.


Central African Republic: Ban welcomes official deployment of UN mission

15 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the official transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).