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44 stories found over the past 45 days
In West Africa, UN launches strengthened response as Ebola shatters lives, orphans children

30 September 2014 – Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, as a fortified UN mission arrived in the region to confront and contain the growing crisis.

World grossly ill-prepared to ‘douse wildfire’ sparked by Ebola, West African leaders tell UN

29 September 2014 – Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries, along with Guinea at the frontlines of the battle against the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, urged the General Assembly today ensure the United Nations mounted a stronger, better coordinated response “to end this grave threat to our collective survival.”

European leaders tell UN ‘collective sense of purpose’ needed to maintain peace, security

29 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this afternoon, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick, said acts of aggression perpetrated against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of parts of its territory underline the need to enforce international law

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.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Guinean journalists raising awareness about Ebola

27 September 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today deplored the deaths of three journalists killed while reporting on an Ebola aid mission in south-eastern Guinea.

Ebola: UN mission readies to start work as virus death toll surpasses 3,000

26 September 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said it is intensifying its cooperation with a wide range of partners trying to accelerate work on experimental therapies and vaccines as it announced that Ebola has now sickened more than 6,500 and killed more than 3,000.

Africa’s concerns must figure high in new development agenda, African leaders tell UN

26 September 2014 – Availing themselves of the spotlight afforded by the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, African leaders served notice today that the multi-year United Nations agenda for sustainable development now being drawn up must address fully their continent’s specific concerns.

UN chief to leaders: ‘The world can and must stop Ebola – now’

25 September 2014 – “The world can and must stop Ebola – now,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered at a special meeting held today at the United Nations to speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security.

As host of UN hub against Ebola, Ghana calls for cooperated efforts to halt outbreak

25 September 2014 – We cannot afford to let fear keep us away, the President of Ghana today told the United Nations General Assembly calling for a sustained, coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak of the Ebola virus which he calls a “disease of isolation.”

Governments, corporations pledge at UN summit to eliminate deforestation by 2030

23 September 2014 – Dozens of Governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples participating in the United Nations Climate Summit in New York today pledged to halve deforestation by 2020 and to end within the following decade.