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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.


FEATURE: Meeting Malala gives boost to creators of #GirlWithABook project

18 August 2014 – On October 11, 2012, two days after then 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt on her way home from school in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the world that the abhorrent and cowardly attack exposed what really frightens extremists the most: “a girl with a book.”


UN rights experts urge halt to Sri Lanka's deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers

14 August 2014 – United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years.


UN Refugee Agency alarmed as Sri Lanka deports families seeking asylum

12 August 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed alarm that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka back to Pakistan were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger.


Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum spotlights 'regional connectivity for shared prosperity'

04 August 2014 – Asia-Pacific countries will gather in Bangkok this week for the annual policy session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), focusing on the role of regional connectivity in supporting economic growth and development.


In Nigeria, UN envoy reviews efforts to release schoolgirls, meets with Malala Yousafzai

15 July 2014 – More than 90 days after hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels in north-eastern Nigeria, a United Nations envoy for the region got a first-hand account of the efforts underway to rescue the students and to fight terrorism in the region, and met with education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families.