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UN health agency launches billion dollar appeal to tackle soaring needs in four crisis-torn countries

24 February 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria.


Ban taps veteran diplomat Kubiš to head up UN Iraq mission

24 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jan Kubiš of Slovakia as his new Special Representative for Iraq, a United Nations spokesperson announced today.


FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.


UN chief discusses Ukraine, other key issues with senior regional officials

23 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the Foreign Minister of Russia to discuss among other issues, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, expressing his expectation that all concerned parties would live up to their commitments to the truce agreed in Minsk on 12 February.


UN chief appeals for ‘immediate de-escalation’ as step towards political solution for Syria

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General has appealed today to all warring parties in Syria to de-escalate the conflict in order to provide a reprieve for the country’s long-suffering civilians.


UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

20 February 2015 – Four United Nations human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria since the uprising in the country began, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.


UN rights chief calls on Syria to release detainees, describes ‘grim’ conditions, torture

19 February 2015 – Syrian authorities should release all those held by Government forces and its militias, without due process, in some cases for years on end, the United Nations rights chief urged today, noting which said that activists, lawyers and human rights defenders had been particularly targeted.


With Libya in ‘imminent danger,’ UN envoy urges support for push to end political, security crisis

18 February 2015 – Recent savage terrorist acts – culminating in the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – highlight the “imminent danger” confronting Libya, its people and the wider region, the United Nations envoy to the country warned today, urging swift agreement among the main parties on resolving the crisis and ending the military and political conflict.


UN political chief warns of ‘increasingly toxic’ Gaza; calls for new talks, international support

18 February 2015 – Briefing the United Nations Security Council after “another tumultuous and deadly month” in the Middle East, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, warned that further escalation remains possible in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and could be highly damaging to both parties and to the two-State solution.


UN envoy sees ‘glimmer of hope’ as Syria indicates willingness to ‘freeze’ Aleppo fighting

18 February 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, sees a “glimmer of hope” for his proposed ‘freeze’ of localized hostilities in the city of Aleppo amid continuing fighting throughout the Middle Eastern country between Government forces and entrenched rebels.