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48 stories found over the past 45 days
Amid unprecedented destruction, Gaza needs ‘new deal’-style recovery plan – UN official

19 August 2014 – Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction in the latest military conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, a senior United Nations official urged today the international community to “rethink the Gaza paradigm.”


Briefing Security Council, UN deputy chief urges protection for frontline ‘humanitarian heroes’

19 August 2014 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson had one main message – “we must protect humanitarian workers” – as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict.


World Humanitarian Day: UN honours sacrifices, celebrates spirit of aid workers

19 August 2014 – The United Nations is marking World Humanitarian Day today by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities around the world, often in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide.


Ebola: UN health agency requests exit screening of travellers leaving affected countries

18 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said any persons with an illness consistent with Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries unless it is part of a medical evacuation, as it also expressed concern over the threats and harassment of health workers in West African countries developing into a “worry element.”


Middle East: UN envoy urges parties to break ‘deadlock of violence and retaliation’

18 August 2014 – With the latest Gaza ceasefire due to expire at midnight, the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East urged all parties to reach an understanding on a durable truce which addresses underlying issues and breaks the deadlock of violence and retaliation.


In Iran, UN relief chief urges cooperation to deal with region's 'unprecedented' crises

17 August 2014 – On a visit to Iran, the United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the importance of regional cooperation in dealing with the myriad of “unprecedented” and “unravelling” crises in the Middle East.


In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action, promote UN ideals

16 August 2014 – At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.


As Gaza ceasefire holds, UN humanitarian partners deliver life-saving aid, assess damage

14 August 2014 – With the latest ceasefire in Gaza holding, United Nations humanitarian partners are delivering life-saving aid and surveying damaged areas to figure out what is urgently needed on the ground.


Gaza hospitals, health facilities need urgent donor support: UN agency

12 August 2014 – Hospitals and health facilities in Gaza are in dire need of support from the international donor community, a senior representative of the United Nations health agency today said following a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah to survey the infrastructure there.


UN Rights Council notes one member unavailable to serve on Gaza Commission

12 August 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today took note that one of the appointed commissioners is unavailable to serve on the Gaza Commission of Inquiry due to her prior professional commitments.