16 December 2013 – With 2013 marked by a deterioration “beyond all imagination” in the Syrian conflict and the “imminent danger of mass atrocities” looming in the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to follow the example of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in making 2014 the year of protecting people.
09 December 2013 – The United Nations says that aid agencies in the Central African Republic (CAR) remain preoccupied by the alarming deterioration of the humanitarian situation, particularly in the capital, Bangui, and in Bossangoa.
09 December 2013 – The Government of Israel has decided to resume the transfer of construction materials for United Nations projects in Gaza, the top UN envoy for the Middle East confirmed today, while stressing the urgency of addressing the shortage of energy and other needs of Palestinians in the territory.
06 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several United Nations agencies today voiced alarm at the escalating inter-communal violence and worsening humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where over 100 people were reportedly killed yesterday alone and hundreds have fled their homes.
04 December 2013 – Despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women’s empowerment, gaps in key areas remain, which require a renewed effort from all partners to better integrate gender issues into the overall quest for sustainable development, a United Nations gender equality official said today.
03 December 2013 – More than 15,000 people urgently need relief aid in south-east Niger after the Komadougou River – which most of the year was practically dried out – burst its banks and flooded their communities, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today.
29 November 2013 – Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is going to bat for hygiene and sanitation in South Asian, promoting the use of toilets and hand washing, the United Nations children’s agency today announced.
29 November 2013 – United Nations agencies are promoting breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children in the wake of the disaster wrought on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earlier this month.
26 November 2013 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for urgent action to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, where a power shortage has disrupted health services, sent raw sewage flooding into the streets and left 1.7 million Palestinians in a dire situation.
26 November 2013 – The United Nations is mustering planes, ferries and trucks to boost its relief efforts in the Philippines, with food still a priority almost three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ripped into the country, killing over 5,230 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless.