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Ebola: UN-organized workshop aims to boost Africa’s defences against deadly disease

27 August 2014 – A three-day workshop organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola outbreak is underway with health experts from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Darfur: Security Council extends African Union-UN mission for 10 more months

27 August 2014 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2015, while requesting the peacekeeping mission to focus on strategic priorities such as the improved protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, along with the facilitation of aid and mediation activities.


Security Council reiterates concern over ‘alarming’ security situation in Africa’s Sahel

27 August 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today reiterated its continued concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region of Africa and reaffirmed its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges.


UN operation to feed displaced Iraqis reaches over 700,000 people

27 August 2014 – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.


Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks

27 August 2014 – Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).


UN pledges support to Afghan authorities to complete election audit

27 August 2014 – The United Nations today pledged to redouble its support to the Afghan electoral authorities to help expedite the completion of a thorough and credible audit of the presidential run-off in the wake of the decision of one of the candidates to halt participation in the process.


Civil society gathers at UN to help shape new vision for global development, prosperity

27 August 2014 – Civil society converged on United Nations Headquarters in New York today to make their voices heard regarding the future global development agenda that will point the way forward on a range of issues such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and combating disease.


Recent Libya fighting ‘unprecedented in gravity,’ warns outgoing UN envoy

27 August 2014 – In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.


Using Egyptian crossing for first time in seven years, UN convoy brings food aid to Gaza

27 August 2014 – For the first time in seven years, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.


Syria’s brutal war threatens international peace and security, says UN rights panel

27 August 2014 – Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and contributing to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability, a United Nations-appointed panel said today.