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10 stories found over the past 45 days
During Skype call, Ban voices gratitude for courageous efforts of UN staff in Gaza

25 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke with United Nations staff in Gaza via Skype and thanked them for their courageous efforts amid the ongoing conflict, which has now displaced over 140,000 people in the area.


New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage

22 July 2014 – New data released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.


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.


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.


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.


Iraq: Displaced girls, women face increasing risk of sexual violence, UN warns

30 June 2014 – An estimated 20,000 women and girls in Iraq are at an increased risk of sexual violence as a result of the mounting crisis in northern and western parts of the country, warned the United Nations today, urging immediate action to ensure their protection.


Ban urges focus on adolescent girls to reduce maternal mortality

28 June 2014 – To triumph over maternal mortality, initiatives must focus on adolescent girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, ones that allow them to go to school, marry whom they choose, shield them from harmful traditional practices and provide them with appropriate family planning services.


In Equatorial Guinea, Ban pledges closer collaboration with African Union

26 June 2014 – The United Nations is proud to be a key partner with Africa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told continental leaders gathered for a summit in Equatorial Guinea today, underscoring the Organization’s commitment to working with them to resolve and prevent conflict, as well as to enhance agricultural productivity, promote industrialization and ensure gender equality.


Central African Republic: UN official urges strong action to protect women, girls

24 June 2014 – With women and girls in Central African Republic (CAR) falling prey to a raft of “terrifying” violations ¬perpetrated by armed groups – from rape to sexual slavery and forced marriage ¬– the head of UN Women today urged the Security Council to take strong action to help restore the rule of law in the country and bolster women’s participation, leadership and protection.


On World Blood Donor Day, UN appeals for safe blood to save mothers

14 June 2014 – With nearly 800 women dying every day from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations health agency is marking World Blood Donor Day by calling on countries to improve access to safe blood supplies and blood transfusions to save the lives of those mothers in need.