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‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban

21 October 2014 – On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.

UN envoy calls for funding backed by government action, peace successes in troubled Sahel

16 October 2014 – The African Sahel region needs more resources, more joint action and faster ways to deal with the structural challenges, like climate change, and successes on peace processes in Darfur, northern Mali and Libya, a senior United Nations humanitarian today said.

Funding gap looms amid efforts to tackle ‘twin plagues’ Ebola, ISIL, warns UN rights chief

16 October 2014 – Combating the “twin plagues” of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts is like “being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood”, the United Nations’ new human rights chief told journalists in Geneva today.

UNESCO chief appeals to parties in Libya to stop destruction of cultural heritage

15 October 2014 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on all parties in Libya to safeguard the country’s cultural and religious heritage amid a recent intensification of violence there.

Libya: UN rights chief condemns ongoing attacks against rights defenders, activists

14 October 2014 – Warning that human rights defenders in crisis-torn Libya are being increasingly targeted by armed groups, the United Nations human rights chief today urged Libyan authorities to undertake prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into the incidents, to hold those found responsible to account, and to ensure an effective remedy for victims.

UN chief set for Gaza visit to help jump-start massive reconstruction effort

12 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will travel to Gaza on Tuesday to visit several sites destroyed during last summer's conflict, spotlighting the need to help the enclave “look ahead and build a better future” and advance reconstruction efforts.

For any political progress to hold, ‘the fighting has to stop,’ UN chief declares in Libya

11 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tripoli today where he urged all Libyan parties to press forward on peace talks in order to restore stability to their crisis-ridden country, declaring “enough killings, displacement of people and destruction.”

Libya: Intensifying fighting continues to take heavy civilian toll, warns UN agency

10 October 2014 – In the last three weeks alone, intensified fighting between rival armed groups in Libya has forcibly displaced nearly 290,000 people across the country, including 100,000, who urgently need food, health care and adequate shelter, especially now that winter in approaching, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

In Tunisia, UN Chief commends African nation for ‘staying true to ideals’ of Arab Spring

10 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tunisia early this morning where he met with President Moncef Marzouki to pledge full United Nations support for the north African nation in its forthcoming elections and transition to democracy.

UN ramping up aid efforts amid deepening Libyan crisis

08 October 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian wing said today it will need an estimated $35 million in additional funding to continue helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Libya.