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18 stories found over the past 45 days
UN mission in South Sudan condemns ‘sustained gunfire’ near Bentiu base

19 August 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child.


MDG Momentum: UN launches 500 days of action to build a better world

18 August 2014 – With Malala Yousafzai by his side, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”


In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action, promote UN ideals

16 August 2014 – At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.


South Sudan: UN mission condemns Bentiu clashes, takes swift action to protect people

15 August 2014 – The United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned this morning’s outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport.


In South Sudan, Security Council warns sanctions possible against 'spoilers'

12 August 2014 – On a visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated that it is ready to impose sanctions against anyone who undermines the ongoing peace talks to stop the conflict which has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.


Northern Iraq: UN rights experts urge action to avoid mass atrocity, potential genocide

12 August 2014 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern at the imminent danger of massacre faced by the Yazidi population forced to flee Sinjar in northern Iraq and other minority communities currently exposed to attacks by members of the armed group, Islamic State (IS).


‘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.


Tens of thousands of besieged Syrians receive food aid for first time, UN reports

05 August 2014 – More people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas of Syria are getting food due to a Security Council resolution approved last month that allows delivery trucks to more easily cross borders and conflict lines, the United Nations emergency food agency today confirmed.


Security Council: Ban urged to streamline cooperation with African Union

28 July 2014 – With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions.


UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.