UN News stories


20 stories found over the past 45 days
As South Sudan crisis grows, Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host

19 August 2014 – Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July, the United Nations refugee agency announced on Tuesday.


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.


Top UN envoy pledges to step up support for peace, progress in Somaliland

18 August 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today pledged to step up the world body’s support for peace and progress in Somaliland during a visit to the region, which declared itself independent in 1991.


Somalia: marking one year in Puntland, UN pledges state-building support

17 August 2014 – At a ceremony marking its first year in Puntland, the United Nations mission in Somalia today pledged its continued support as the country looks ahead to beginning the process of federalism aimed at building a stronger, more united Somalia.


South Sudan: UN mission condemns Bentiu clashes, takes swift action to protect people

15 August 2014 – The United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned this morning’s outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport.


On landmark Somalia visit, Security Council pledges support toward political reforms

13 August 2014 – Members of the United Nations Security Council arrived in Mogadishu this morning on a landmark visit to Somalia to review progress made by the Federal Government and to demonstrate their continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace.


In South Sudan, Security Council warns sanctions possible against 'spoilers'

12 August 2014 – On a visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated that it is ready to impose sanctions against anyone who undermines the ongoing peace talks to stop the conflict which has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.


Celebrating Youth Day, UN stresses importance of good mental health

12 August 2014 – Each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations reported in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day which this year shines a spotlight on the importance of mental health.


World Humanitarian Day: More people than ever need help

11 August 2014 – Spotlighting humanitarians who often take great risks to help communities in need, World Humanitarian Day 2014 will feature events ranging from a 5K run/walk in Mogadishu, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, a radio talk show with disaster management experts in Papua New Guinea, and the launch of a postage stamp honouring the late United Nations humanitarian veteran Sergio Vieira de Mello.


‘World must act now’ to avert repeat of devastating famine in Somalia – UN expert

08 August 2014 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community to “act now” to avert a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, where a widening hunger crisis has sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 famine that devastated the war-ravaged country.