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Syria: Ban urges immediate end to violence as thousands flee militant offensive in northern town

20 September 2014 – Alarmed by reports that thousands of civilians in northern Syria have been forced from their homes by the latest Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) offensive in the area, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded an immediate end to the violence.


Mali: Security Council, Ban condemn attack that killed five UN peacekeepers

19 September 2014 – The Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms yesterday’s attack by an explosive device on a road in Mali, in which five Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three other peacekeepers were severely injured.


Marking International Day, UN affirms people's right to 'imagine' world at peace

19 September 2014 – With John Lennon's iconic song “Imagine” as the backdrop, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace underscoring that all people have the right to peace.


Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens

16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people.


UN agency, partners appeal for $34 million for Nigerian refugees

16 September 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today issued an urgent joint call for $34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger.


FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization’s most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council’s 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women’s empowerment.


President commends post-2015 agenda progress as General Assembly concludes 68th session

15 September 2014 – Closing the current session in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall, President John Ashe today expressed gratitude to Member States for their cooperation in focusing on perhaps the biggest generational challenge of the United Nations: crafting an inclusive, participatory, people centred post-2015 development agenda.


FEATURE: Newly renovated UN General Assembly hall will greet world leaders next week

15 September 2014 – The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 ¬– the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly session – and you get an idea of the sheer amount of work being put into making sure everything goes off without a hitch.


UN agency urges prosecution to end impunity for drug trafficking on high seas

09 September 2014 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a special event on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted.


Peace means dignity, well-being for all, not just absence of war – UN officials

09 September 2014 – Underscoring that peace is more than just the absence of war, United Nations officials today stressed the need for concerted efforts to achieve the common vision of a life of dignity and well-being for all.