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Security Council approves resolution targeting sources of financing for ISIL

12 February 2015 – Urging global cooperation “to impair, isolate and incapacitate” terrorist threats, the United Nations Security Council today approved measures targeting sources of funding for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusrah Front (ANF), condemning those buying oil from the groups, banning all trade in looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria, and calling on States to end ransom payments.


On International Day, UN demands end to use of child soldiers in conflict

12 February 2015 – From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the world's conflicts become more brutal, intense and widespread, children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups, the United Nations warned today.


UN envoy and Syrian President discuss political solution to conflict, Aleppo fighting ‘freeze’

11 February 2015 – After two days of intensive discussions in Damascus with Syrian authorities, including a long meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad today, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, stressed the importance of reducing the violence of the conflict to protect the Syrian people and to increase unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance to all those in need.


UN calls for boosted search, rescue efforts as migrants die of hypothermia in Mediterranean

10 February 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has urged European nations to ramp up search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea following the region’s first major maritime tragedy this year in which dozens of people perished, apparently from hypothermia.


Government institutions must deliver equally to provide ‘true stability,’ Ban tells Dubai summit

09 February 2015 – Opening the 2015 Government Summit in Dubai, the Secretary-General today drew attention to the world’s pressing security and development challenges, calling on Governments to help foster a more peaceful and sustainable future, and describing how the United Nations can give support.


UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for world’s children

09 February 2015 – International football icon and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, today announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth, amid the planet’s worsening humanitarian crises.


UN rights report points to ‘increasing regularity’ of attacks on girls seeking education

09 February 2015 – A new United Nations human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education.


Ban meets new Saudi king, looks forward to cooperation on development, climate, regional crises

08 February 2015 – Paying tribute to the legacy of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the United Nations Secretary-General today looked forward to continued “fruitful cooperation” with the country's new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, after a meeting in which the two discussed sustainable development, climate change and regional peace and security.


UN food aid agency condemns ISIL’s ‘manipulation’ of desperately needed food in Syria

04 February 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is “extremely concerned” about images circulating on social media showing WFP food boxes bearing Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) labels.


Global collaboration critical as humanitarian crises grow, says top UN relief official

03 February 2015 – International stakeholders will increasingly need to collaborate as they face down rising levels of humanitarian strife around the globe, Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian chief, said today.