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UN report calls for fundamental change on Gaza, renewed urgency in West Bank

15 September 2014 – In the aftermath of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, a fundamental change is needed in the dynamics in the enclave, the United Nations today reported, calling also for renewed urgency in addressing the situation in the West Bank.


President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

15 September 2014 – Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred post-2015 development agenda.


UN labour agency partners with retailer H&M on social sustainability

15 September 2014 – The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced a unique partnership with retail giant H&M to promote sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry.


FEATURE: Newly renovated UN General Assembly hall will greet world leaders next week

15 September 2014 – The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 ¬– the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly session – and you get an idea of the sheer amount of work being put into making sure everything goes off without a hitch.


UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola outbreak that has gripped West Africa, the president of the 15-member body announced today.


Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza – UN agency

15 September 2014 – As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children today returned back to United Nations-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is supporting holistic and innovative solutions to ensure the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees are addressed, in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.


FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization’s most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council’s 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women’s empowerment.


New UN-backed protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect

12 September 2014 – Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect.


On International Day, UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation

12 September 2014 – Cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the United Nations Day of South-South cooperation with a call to encourage – and learn from – emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all.


Welcoming boost in Ebola response, Ban urges greater global support to fight epidemic

12 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected.