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UN chief stresses need for urgent global action as Ebola continues deadly rampage

16 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis and turn pledges into action, while the United Nations health agency warned of continuously deteriorating situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Bollywood star shines bright for UNICEF’s South Asia child nutrition campaign

09 October 2014 – Bollywood legend Aamir Khan has become the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) latest Ambassador to South Asia, the Organization announced today, adding that the award winning Indian actor, director, and producer would work to promote the right of the region’s children to nutrition, with a focus on ending stunting.

World grossly ill-prepared to ‘douse wildfire’ sparked by Ebola, West African leaders tell UN

29 September 2014 – Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries, along with Guinea at the frontlines of the battle against the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, urged the General Assembly today ensure the United Nations mounted a stronger, better coordinated response “to end this grave threat to our collective survival.”

As conflict continues, UN rights expert urges Ukraine to step up aid for displaced people

25 September 2014 – The Ukrainian Government must intensify its efforts to meet the needs and protect the rights of the hundreds of thousands of people internally displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict, an independent United Nations human rights expert affirmed today.

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham joins UN effort to achieve world free of HIV

25 September 2014 – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.

Cairo+20: General Assembly reaffirms UN goals on population, development

22 September 2014 – The international community must renew its pledge to protect women and girls as it strives to improve the dignity of all people and secure the future of the planet, senior United Nations officials told General Assembly today, marking 20 years since a landmark conference that reinforced the principle that people should be at the centre of development.

UN reports one million children die on first day of life from mostly preventable causes

16 September 2014 – While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ukraine: UN agency launches emergency food aid operation in country's east

12 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out its first operation in Ukraine, providing food assistance to vulnerable people affected by the conflict with distributions in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in the country’s east.

UNICEF: progress for children rights in south Asia, but inequalities exist

11 September 2014 – Despite rapid economic growth and huge progress in realizing the rights of children, young people in South Asia are paying a heavy price, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, noting that “everybody in South Asia has an obligation – and the potential – to do more to realize the rights of every single child in the region.”