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UN Messenger of Peace honoured for anti-hunger efforts

22 January 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, was today awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Somalia: UN, international partners call for resolution of country's political crisis

22 January 2015 – The United Nations and its international partners today voiced concern over delays in the resolution of Somalia’s long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation’s President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament ‘to unite for the greater good of the country.’

INTERVIEW: all parties want calm across Israeli-Lebanese border, says former UN envoy

22 January 2015 – While there are still outstanding issues and underlying tensions, all parties want to maintain calm across the so-called ‘Blue Line’ that separates Israel and Lebanon, according to a former United Nations official tasked with monitoring the issue.

DR Congo: Ban urges calm in Kinshasa; peacekeeping chief backs gradual drawdown of UN mission

22 January 2015 – Amid the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the capital, Kinshasa, is gripped by clashes between demonstrators and security forces, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged maximum restraint on all sides, while the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations briefed the Security Council on broader efforts to help stabilize the vast country.

'Resilience can become hallmark of 2015,' says UN disaster risk reduction chief

22 January 2015 – Ten years ago today, world leaders in Hyogo, Japan agreed on a framework to better manage risk and curb the impact of disasters in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami – which claimed some 227,000 lives – and in March, they are set to meet for a United Nations conference in another Japanese city to take stock of whether the world has lived up to that promise.

Ukraine ceasefire exists ‘in name only,’ UN political chief tells Security Council

21 January 2015 – After weeks of relative calm, the United Nations political chief said the Security Council was meeting today amid the ‘worst hostilities’ in eastern Ukraine since the Minsk Protocol was agreed on 5 September, with the urgently needed sustainable ceasefire presently existing in name only.

UN political chief says Burundi making strides towards ‘peaceful, credible’ elections

21 January 2015 – Amid a flare-up in fighting and ongoing political tensions between the Government and opposition members, the organization of legitimate elections in Burundi remains ‘one of the most pressing challenges’ facing the African country in 2015, the top United Nations political official declared today.

Madagascar needs resources to continue battle against locust plague – UN agency

21 January 2015 – The battle against a plague of locusts in Madagascar is in danger of being lost, as funding to continue efforts against widespread infestations runs out, putting 13 million people at risk of food insecurity, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.

UN chief appoints new Special Envoy in move to end Tuberculosis

20 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Eric Goosby of the United States as his new Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

Top UN officials welcome negotiations as Member States discuss new sustainability agenda

19 January 2015 – Senior United Nations officials underlined the importance of the intergovernmental negotiations that got under way at UN Headquarters in New York today aimed at finalizing the post-2015 development agenda, as they addressed the General Assembly this afternoon.