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28 stories found over the past 45 days
Despite insecurity, UN agency scales up assistance for thousands fleeing northern Nigeria

11 July 2014 – With thousands of families being driven from their homes by the violence spreading through north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations agencies and their partners are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped and crossed the border into Cameroon.

UN envoy calls for vigil for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, pledges “never to abandon them”

11 July 2014 – United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown today called for the world to show support for the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, on 22 July, which will be the 100th day of their captivity.

On World Population Day, UN calls for investment in young people

11 July 2014 – With 1.8 billion young people around the world – the largest generation of youth in history – senior United Nations officials are marking World Population Day with calls for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future.

Health officials weigh national efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases, as UN launches new report

10 July 2014 – With world leaders gathered today in New York for the United Nations General Assembly’s review of efforts made since 2011 in controlling non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the Organizations’ top health official launched a new report that shows progress at the national level has been insufficient and uneven.

Honduras must address widespread impunity for crimes against women, girls – UN expert

10 July 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Government of Honduras to address the culture of widespread impunity for crimes against women and girls, while also noting that incidents of violence against women appear to be on the rise in the Central American nation.

Security Council voices concern over political, security challenges facing West Africa

09 July 2014 – While noting the progress made in addressing political and security issues in West Africa, the members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced concern over challenges such as transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Emma Watson appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

08 July 2014 – The UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), today announced that it has tapped British actress Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador.

West Africa: UN envoy cites region’s daunting challenges, Boko Haram threat to Nigeria

08 July 2014 – While countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organized crime and growing terrorist activities, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, while also warning of the increasing threat the Boko Haram crisis poses to Nigeria.