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Good harvests, abundant inventory continue to drive international food prices down – UN

09 October 2014 – Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of the biannual Food Outlook report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Filling classrooms with poorly trained teachers undercuts education gains, warns UN

02 October 2014 – A global shortage of teachers has pressured many countries into hiring educators with little or no training, undermining the educational progress of numerous school-age children around the world, the United Nations education agency warned today.

Africa’s achievements, challenges in peace, development focus of UN meeting

01 October 2014 – While there has been great social and economic progress across Africa, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands, including providing jobs to young people, said United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a high-level meeting of regional partners held today at Headquarters.

In Geneva, UN chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts

01 October 2014 – Amid mounting crises, a warming planet and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by “many troubles,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he pressed the international community to engage in “unprecedented cooperation” as it faces a slew of global predicaments.

As global crises multiply, UN official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system

30 September 2014 – The global humanitarian system has become dangerously overburdened as it faces a widening front of crises and conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned today, as he urged a rethink of how the international community will confront the growing challenges of the 21st century.

UN refugee chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa

29 September 2014 – The United Nations refugee chief today warned the international community about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement.

At UN debate, African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local realities

29 September 2014 – With a new sustainable development agenda as the focus of this year’s annual General Assembly debate, African leaders today called on the United Nations to take into consideration the continent’s specific realities and challenges.

At UN, transition leader urges support as war-torn Central African Republic pursues peace, reconciliation

27 September 2014 – Underscoring the Central African Republic’s “extreme vulnerability” in the wake of political instability and internal conflicts, the President of the Transitional Government told the United Nations General Assembly today while the country would need assistance, she is “firmly determined” to tackle the nation’s myriad challenges on the road to peace and stability.

International community has obligation to help Central African Republic rebuild, says Ban

26 September 2014 – Member States must continue to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) as it lifts itself back up from the devastation of conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he called on the international community to assist the beleaguered African country “chart a path to reconstruction, reconciliation, and the rule of law.”

Central African Republic faces insecurity, logistics challenges as rains set in – UN agency

26 September 2014 – Due to the rainy season in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that it is facing a double challenge of insecurity and logistical constraints.