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13 stories found over the past 45 days
Troubled by escalating violence in Libya, ICC Prosecutor urges halt to fighting

25 July 2014 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today she is “deeply troubled” by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court.


UN agency hails Suriname for eliminating gender discrimination in nationality laws

25 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a recent decision taken by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children.


UN allocates $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa

23 July 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.


General Assembly re-elects Joan Clos as head of UN Human Settlements Programme

18 July 2014 – The General Assembly has re-elected Joan Clos of Spain as the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to a second term, which will run from 18 October 2014 until 31 December 2017.


South Sudan: UN agency seeks massive boost in funding, warns of 'refugee exodus'

11 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) appealed on Friday for $658 million to respond to South Sudan’s growing regional refugee crisis, with as many as 715,000 refugees expected by the end of the year.


UN relief officials issue urgent appeal as food shortages hit 800,000 refugees in Africa

01 July 2014 – The heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies today issued an urgent appeal as food shortages hit nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children.


UN chief 'adopts' lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking

28 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world, following a week of high-level United Nations discussions on the environment.


Ban urges focus on adolescent girls to reduce maternal mortality

28 June 2014 – To triumph over maternal mortality, initiatives must focus on adolescent girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, ones that allow them to go to school, marry whom they choose, shield them from harmful traditional practices and provide them with appropriate family planning services.


Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new UN body to galvanize global sustainability agenda

27 June 2014 – With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course before it is too late, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today the “timing could not be better” for the launch of a strong UN body tackling all issues relating to the environment.


New UN high-level body on environment opens inaugural session in Nairobi

23 June 2014 – A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time today in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals.