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Economic and Social Council President urges curtailing flow of illegal finances that cost Africa billions

23 October 2015 – In a “timely and necessary” meeting on illicit financial flows and their impact on development in Africa, Oh Joon, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged broader efforts to combat such flows, of IFFs from the continent could amount to a staggering $50 billion each year.

'I am standing with these refugees,' says Ban visiting reception centre in Rome

17 October 2015 – After meeting with families of refugees at a reception centre in Italy today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the global community has to “stand with people who do not have any means” and provide basic necessities, such as education and sanitation.

Ebola virus persists in body fluids of survivors for months – UN health agency

15 October 2015 – The Ebola virus can persist in the eye, semen, the placenta, breast milk and central nervous system of survivors of the disease for as long as 9 and a half months, according to a new study supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).<

Despite ‘relative’ calm in Kunduz, full conditions for humanitarian assistance not yet restored – UN

15 October 2015 – While reports indicate that Kunduz city centre in northeast Afghanistan remains relatively quiet, with sporadic fighting taking place on the outskirts, full conditions for the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance have not yet been restored, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal

15 October 2015 – On Handwashing Day, UNICEF warns inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal More than 40 per cent of health facilities have no water resources within 500 metres in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice of handwashing with soap is dangerously low even though it is “one of the cheapest, simplest, most effective health interventions,” the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.