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Ebola caseload could exceed 20,000 in course of emergency, UN response roadmap shows

28 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap that aims to stop Ebola transmissions within six to nine months, but acknowledges the actual number of cases may be much higher than that currently reported and the total caseload could exceed 20,000 over the course of the emergency.


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.


Flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola, UN cautions

25 August 2014 – The United Nations today cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying such limitations were preventing the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies, as well as contributing to economic and diplomatic isolation of the region.


DR Congo: UN envoy condemns murder of family in eastern town

14 August 2014 – A senior United Nations official today condemned the murder of six members of the same family in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged those living in the town of Mutarule to practice restraint to avoid further escalation.


Ebola: UN health agency says more than 1 million people affected by outbreak

13 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a United Nations system-wide coordination meeting in response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is now affecting more than 1 million people in the so-called “hot zone of disease transmission” on the borders of the three countries most impacted by the 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.


DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains ‘fragile,’ UN envoys warn

07 August 2014 – Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are “not irreversible.”


Last group of Congolese refugees return to their homes in DR Congo – UN

05 August 2014 – A final group of Congolese refugees have returned to their homes in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a voluntary repatriation programme by the United Nations refugee agency.


Troubled by escalating violence in Libya, ICC Prosecutor urges halt to fighting

25 July 2014 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today she is “deeply troubled” by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court.


Security Council, UN officials welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire

24 July 2014 – The Security Council and senior United Nations officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and highlighted the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts.