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‘World must act now’ to avert repeat of devastating famine in Somalia – UN expert

08 August 2014 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community to “act now” to avert a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, where a widening hunger crisis has sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 famine that devastated the war-ravaged country.


After strong quake hits southern China, Ban says UN ready to assist in any relief effort

03 August 2014 – Saddened by the loss of life, the damage to homes and infrastructure in southern China as a result of the earthquake that struck Yunnan province today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged that the United Nations stands ready to help respond to any humanitarian needs created by the disaster.


Gaza: Ban condemns latest deadly attack near UN school as 'moral outrage and criminal act'

03 August 2014 – Amidst an 'appalling' escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since the collapse of a brief 1 August ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the killing today of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of a United Nations school in Rafah which had been sheltering thousands of civilians.


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.


Gaza: UN renews appeal for humanitarian ceasefire leading to political talks

27 July 2014 – Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.


Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

24 July 2014 – Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations says in a flagship report released today that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.


Urgent action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region – UN

22 July 2014 – Having just completed the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the Middle East, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that unless children in hard-to-reach areas are also vaccinated, the number of those infected will continue to rise.


Ban expresses condolences after crash of Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine

17 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his condolences following today’s crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, and called for a full investigation into the disaster.


UN relief chief warns of looming disaster amid linked crises in Sudan and South Sudan

16 July 2014 – Deeply concerned by the escalating and increasingly interlinked crises in Sudan and South Sudan, where violence is sparking refugee flows and disrupting harvests again this year, the top United Nations relief official warned today that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating for hundreds of thousands of people in both countries.


In Dominican Republic, Ban hails collective effort to bolster human rights, development, peace

16 July 2014 – In a first-ever visit to the Dominican Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the National Congress, saying “one country with dedication and solidarity can move the world,” helping to spur progress across the three pillars of the UN – development, human rights and peace.