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31 stories found over the past 45 days
Top UN humanitarian official urges greater effort to foresee, prevent crises

23 June 2014 – While the United Nations and its partners continued over the past year to meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of desperate people – from Syria to the Central African Republic, the Philippines and beyond – the world body’s Emergency Coordinator today called for “a new [humanitarian] business model” – one that manages risks rather than deals with crises.

‘War’s Human Cost’: World's population of displaced tops 50 million, UN refugee agency reports

20 June 2014 – World Refugee Day is being marked by yet another sombre milestone in a year that has seen crisis after crisis force desperate people to flee their homes ahead of bullets and bombs: a new UN report reveals that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.

At DC think tank, UN peacekeeping chief lays out future priorities, challenges

17 June 2014 – The United Nations peacekeeping chief presented to a Washington, DC-based think tank today a broad survey of new challenges, priorities and strategies for UN peacekeeping as the world Organization embarks on a major review of its operations, requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

As crises grow, UN humanitarian chief cites need for funding, access to ensure aid delivery

16 June 2014 – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official today urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively.

South Sudan: UN agencies, partners appeal for $1B for life-saving aid

14 June 2014 – Some 50,000 children in South Sudan could die this year and thousands of rape survivors could go without psychosocial support, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today said, as aid agencies appealed for $1 billion aid they need to continue their work.

Safety of journalists essential to vibrant, democratic societies, UN rights chief stresses

11 June 2014 – “Sound, bold and independent” journalism is vital in any democratic society, the United Nations human rights chief declared today, stressing the need to ensure the safety of media workers, who have come under increasing attacks, harassment and intimidation over the past few years.

We must be prepared to invest more in peacekeeping, Ban tells Security Council debate

11 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the United Nations Security Council that the international community must be prepared to invest in peacekeeping and peacebuilding at a “key moment for this flagship UN activity” as he highlighted new trends and approaches affecting operations, whose budget is approaching $8 billion.

In final charge to UN rights council, top official urges universal protections for all

10 June 2014 – In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed today the benefit to all countries of ensuring universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse, even if it means the countries are then subject to criticism.

New UN site in Malakal offers protection to South Sudanese civilians fleeing conflict

09 June 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today inaugurated a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal to offer protection for civilians uprooted by conflict and to relieve the congestion inside the world body’s compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people.

UN concert 'sets stage' for new global development agenda

06 June 2014 – As part of the United Nations-driven process to craft a new sustainable development agenda, a spectacular line up of global artists will hit the stage tonight at the world body's New York Headquarters to add their voices and talents to the unprecedented global conversation under way to build the future we want.