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Together ‘we can pull Ukraine back from the brink’, UN political chief tells Security Council

13 March 2014 – The United Nations continued efforts on multiple fronts to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, with a senior human rights official holding meetings today in the capital, Kiev, while in New York, the Security Council held its sixth urgent session on the crisis, hearing the UN political chief stress that the path to a peaceful resolution is still open – “let us seize it.”

Intellectual property applications broke records in 2013, UN agency reports

13 March 2014 – The United States and China drove international patent filings to a record level last year with applications for the first time surpassing the 200,000 mark, the United Nations intellectual property agency today reported, with record highs also reached for trademark and design applications.

Child trafficking, exploitation on the rise, warns UN expert

13 March 2014 – In an increasingly interconnected world, children are more at risk that ever of being sexually exploited or sold, a United Nations independent expert warned today, calling for decisive steps at the global level to stop crimes such as child prostitution and trafficking.

UN review of global drug problem kicks off with calls for more effective, humane action

13 March 2014 – The world community must do more, and do better, to tackle the global drug problem, senior United Nations officials stressed today in Vienna, kicking off a two-day review of efforts to address a scourge that poses a serious threat to human life and undermines development.

WOMEN: Experts call for engaging men and boys as allies in fight for gender equality

12 March 2014 – Gender equality is not just a concern for women and girls, a panel of experts gathered at the United Nations in New York stressed today, highlighting the need to engage men and boys as allies and agents of change in this global struggle.

Security Council: progress lagging on post-secession accord between Sudan, South Sudan

12 March 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today regretted the lack of progress in implementing a two-year-old agreement between Sudan and South Sudan on security, the common border and economic relations, and called on both Governments to renew their commitment to the aims of the accord, particularly regarding the status of the long-contested Abyei area.

Gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa focus of UN–World Bank initiative

10 March 2014 – As the2014 session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women got under way today, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) spotlighted the agency’s joint efforts with the World Bank to address the multidimensional challenges that women and girls face in Africa’s Great Lakes and Sahel regions.

Ban urges parties to work for durable solution in Ukraine, as Security Council holds talks

10 March 2014 – With tensions and mistrust growing in Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to help the key actors calm the situation and work toward a durable and fair political solution, ahead of closed-door Security Council consultations on the crisis.

UN commission on women opens annual session, to focus on development

10 March 2014 – Women’s human rights have come a long way but there is still much to do and little time to do it in, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today opening the 2014 session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which this year will focus on development, particularly education and reproductive rights.