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Funding gap looms amid efforts to tackle ‘twin plagues’ Ebola, ISIL, warns UN rights chief

16 October 2014 – Combating the “twin plagues” of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts is like “being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood”, the United Nations’ new human rights chief told journalists in Geneva today.

Ban welcomes high-level political dialogue between Seoul, Pyongyang

05 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the high-level political dialogue that took place between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Myanmar: UN officials cite citizenship issue, expansion of aid as key concerns

03 October 2014 – Back from a recent trip to Myanmar, senior United Nations humanitarian and development officials today called for continued lifesaving aid to the displaced, assistance to address poverty and create better coexistence conditions, and a political solution to a new citizenship plan.

DPR Korea, in UN address, says reunification ‘only way to prevent war, safeguard peace’

27 September 2014 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ri Su Yong, told delegates that despite recent gains in economic development, his country continued to face “serious obstacles” due to the continuing divisions separating the Korean peninsula.

China urges UN Assembly to break new ground when setting future development goals

27 September 2014 – The new sustainable development agenda should advance people’s wellbeing, promote inclusivity and ensure implementation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the United Nations General Assembly, delivering his country’s annual address to the world body.

UN chief urges countries to “create a better future,” ratify nuclear-test-ban treaty

26 September 2014 – While the damage caused by past nuclear testing cannot be reversed, the international community can work toward a better future where nuclear testing and proliferation are banned outright, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Republic of Korea President calls on UN to spearhead way towards reunification

24 September 2014 – Citing the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea (ROK), used her address to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly today to call on the United Nations to spearhead efforts to tear down the world’s last remaining “wall of division” and reunite the Korean peninsula.

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.

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.

Nuclear programmes of DPR Korea, Iran remain ‘serious concern’ – UN official

15 September 2014 – The nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran remain matters of serious concern, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today, as he called on both countries to cooperate fully to clear up outstanding issues.