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Ban appoints former head of UN Liberia mission to lead operation in South Sudan

23 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe LØj of Denmark as his top official in South Sudan, replacing Hilde Johnson.

Amid multiple crises, UN agency massively scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air

22 July 2014 – The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year.

UN condemns attack in South Sudan, calls for political negotiations to resume

20 July 2014 – Following today's attack by opposition forces in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations official in the country are calling for all offensive operations to immediately end and for both sides to resume suspended peace talks.

UN relief chief warns of looming disaster amid linked crises in Sudan and South Sudan

16 July 2014 – Deeply concerned by the escalating and increasingly interlinked crises in Sudan and South Sudan, where violence is sparking refugee flows and disrupting harvests again this year, the top United Nations relief official warned today that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating for hundreds of thousands of people in both countries.

AIDS deaths fall, but millions unaware of HIV-positive status, warns UN report

16 July 2014 – While showing a downward trend in AIDS-related deaths, a new United Nations report out today warns that19 million of the 35 million people living with the virus globally do not know their HIV-positive status and therefore, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap.

Recent crises show efforts to prevent relapse into conflict insufficient, Security Council told

15 July 2014 – The Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) told the Security Council today that the recent crises in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan are painful reminders that efforts to prevent relapse into conflict remain insufficient and tools are not fully adequate.

South Sudan: UN agency seeks massive boost in funding, warns of 'refugee exodus'

11 July 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) appealed on Friday for $658 million to respond to South Sudan’s growing regional refugee crisis, with as many as 715,000 refugees expected by the end of the year.

On independence anniversary, Ban calls for end to ‘man-made crisis’ in South Sudan

08 July 2014 – On the occasion of the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country’s leaders to live up to the expectations of their people, lay down their arms and return immediately to negotiations to end the ongoing crisis.

Heavy rains, ongoing violence push South Sudan towards 'hunger catastrophe', warns UN agency

04 July 2014 – Already working hard to get supplies to people in South Sudan cut off by flooded roads, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the rains, as well as the ongoing fighting, are pushing the country towards a “hunger catastrophe”.

Food prices decline for third straight month – UN agency

03 July 2014 – Global food prices dip for a third consecutive month in June following a ten-month surge, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.