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Hundreds of thousands of Syrian Kurds live in fear of Islamist extremist violence – UN

23 September 2014 – With 138,000 Syrians having already fled to Turkey from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), United Nations officials today voiced grave concern for hundreds of thousands more who remained, living in fear of the sort of persecution perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities elsewhere.


Global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women – UN-backed study

22 September 2014 – Nowhere to be “scene,” women protagonists have less than one-third of all speaking roles in film and are largely absent from powerful positions, according to a United Nations-backed survey released today which argues for the involvement of more female film-makers in the industry, and for greater sensitivity to gender imbalance on screen.


UN Women, Mary Robinson, to host special climate change event for women leaders

22 September 2014 – On the eve of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, are gathering with some 130 other women leaders to show their commitment to climate action.


Cairo+20: General Assembly reaffirms UN goals on population, development

22 September 2014 – The international community must renew its pledge to protect women and girls as it strives to improve the dignity of all people and secure the future of the planet, senior United Nations officials told General Assembly today, marking 20 years since a landmark conference that reinforced the principle that people should be at the centre of development.


UN agency steps up aid operations as 130,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

22 September 2014 – The UN refugee agency today announced that it is boosting efforts to help the Turkish Government assist some 130,000 Syrians who have crossed into Turkey since Friday.


World leaders head to UN General Assembly session on population, development

21 September 2014 – As the United Nations General Assembly begins its annual high-level session on Monday, world leaders are set to reaffirm their commitments to a UN action plan aimed at placing people at the centre of development, and to consider new population challenges.


In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.


Afghanistan: UN welcomes conclusion of presidential elections, deal to form unity government

21 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General and his most senior envoy in Afghanistan welcomed the agreement signed today by presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity, ending months of political uncertainty in the country.


Star-studded event kicks off UN Women global gender solidarity campaign

20 September 2014 – Launching one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, opened a star-studded event in New York this evening with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voiced for gender equality today and women's empowerment.


UN General Assembly underlines 'strong commitment' to bolster response to Ebola outbreak

19 September 2014 – As an Ebola outbreak of “unprecedented nature and scope” continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the United Nations General Assembly today underlined it strong commitment to responding to the emergency in a timely, effective and coordinated manner and to support the affected countries in tackling the virus.