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Ebola: UN to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response

18 October 2014 – The United Nations concluded today a meeting on strengthening the international community's support to efforts by the Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa, on tackling the crisis.

UN chief stresses need for urgent global action as Ebola continues deadly rampage

16 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis and turn pledges into action, while the United Nations health agency warned of continuously deteriorating situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela elected to serve on UN Security Council

16 October 2014 – In three rounds of voting the United Nations General Assembly today elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.

DR Congo: UN envoy urges increased efforts to protect biodiversity of Garamba Park

13 October 2014 – During a visit to the Garamba National Park, the top UN official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) urged national and international actors to step up efforts in preserving the natural resources and rich biodiversity of the Park located in the north-eastern part of the country.

On World Disaster Reduction Day, UN spotlights unique needs, vulnerabilities of older persons

13 October 2014 – Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations is spotlighting the need to address the vulnerabilities facing older persons, who suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries in different types of emergencies and disasters, ranging from weather events and epidemics to armed conflict.

UN marks World Day against Death Penalty with strong calls to end ‘cruel practice’

10 October 2014 – The continuing application of the death penalty is a “cruel practice” that undermines human dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he urged Member States to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and impose moratoriums on executions.

UN’s fiscal health depends on Member States meeting obligations, senior official reports

09 October 2014 – With its limited cash reserves, the financial health of the United Nations is “totally dependent” on how quickly and how much Member States pay towards Organization’s operations, the top UN management official told journalists in New York today.

World must continue to strive for abolition of death penalty, says senior UN official

09 October 2014 – As long as the death penalty exists, there will be a need to advocate against it, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, declared today at the launch of a new United Nations publication aimed at raising awareness on the abolition of capital punishment.

Ban urges international community to escalate Ebola response amid worsening outbreak

09 October 2014 – The international community must “step up” its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa before it gets much worse, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today , adding that a range of measures – from extra financing to increased medical assistance – were essential in helping the countries afflicted by the disease.

Ebola: UN agency launches initiative to tackle growing food security threat in West Africa

08 October 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today is launching a programme that will assist 90,000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon separately announced the appointment of the respective UN Crisis Managers in the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.