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24 stories found over the past 45 days
World food prices hit six-month low, UN agency reports

07 August 2014 – Global food prices fell for a fourth consecutive month in July, a sharp decline for grains, oilseeds and dairy products outweighing strong meat and sugar prices, the United Nations agriculture agency reported.


Burundi: UN envoy says 2015 elections will be ‘litmus test’ for democratic processes, stability

06 August 2014 – While noting Burundi’s efforts to ensure an inclusive political climate ahead of elections in 2015, the United Nations envoy for the country warned today that the socio-political situation there remains characterized by “deep-rooted divergences and persisting mistrust between the Government and opposition parties, and between and within opposition formations as well.”


UN warns of 'rapidly unfolding' health disaster in Gaza

02 August 2014 – Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip “on the verge of collapse,” according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding as the conflict grinds on.


Ban ‘shocked’ at collapse of Gaza ceasefire, urges maximum restraint by all parties

01 August 2014 – Strongly condemning the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced this morning in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed deep concern about renewed Israeli attacks on the tiny enclave, which have reportedly killed more than 70 Palestinians.


Food insecurity in South Sudan set to deepen as funds dry up, warns UN agency

31 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funding for life-saving assistance dwindles.


On Friendship Day, UN chief urges solidarity among human family

30 July 2014 – In the current time of mistrust and violence, with previously harmonious neighbours warring, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all people to reach out to one another as friends and build long-term foundations for lasting peace.


UN agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region.


UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.


As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’

23 July 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.


UN working group proposes ambitious future development agenda

22 July 2014 – Member States have forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly a set of proposed goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.