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UN chief appoints Staffan de Mistura as special envoy for Syria crisis

10 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.


Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

08 July 2014 – Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).


Syrian refugee mothers in ‘spiral of hardship’, UN reports

08 July 2014 – One in four of all Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who, on their own, are struggling to make ends meet and take care of their increasingly traumatized families, the United Nations today reported, calling for more resources to aid these single mothers.


UN calls on Iraqi leaders to agree on Speaker, hold next Parliament session

07 July 2014 – Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, the United Nations envoy for Iraq has called on the country’s political leaders to reach an agreement on a Speaker for the Council of Representatives as soon as possible.


Iraq: Amid massive displacement, UN agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases

04 July 2014 – United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their healthcare responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and efforts to help relieve the “immense burden” on the existing healthcare system in Kurdistan.


Food prices decline for third straight month – UN agency

03 July 2014 – Global food prices dip for a third consecutive month in June following a ten-month surge, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.


Syria: UN agency warns of grave risks to refugees if funding gaps remain unmet

03 July 2014 – Failure to close the funding gap to meet the needs of the growing number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria could mean grave risks for the refugees as well as for the stability of the region, according to the United Nations refugee agency.


Iraq: UN officials voice concern about humanitarian situation, abuse of women, girls

02 July 2014 – Amid reports of deliberate targeting of women and girls in Iraq, senior United Nations officials today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and security situations in the country, where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in fear for their lives.


Child rights being violated in conflict situations with total impunity, says UN official

01 July 2014 – The rights of children are being violated in conflict situations with total impunity, a United Nations official said today, as she presented a report on grave abuses committed against children in places such as Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).


Iraqi violence killed more than 2,400 people in June – UN

01 July 2014 – Iraq’s violent insurgency has claimed some 2,400 lives – more than half of them civilians – a “staggering number”, declared the top United Nations envoy there, as he called on all Iraqi leaders to work together to foil attempts to rip apart the country’s social fabric.