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UN deputy chief urges ‘transformation’ in collective effort to tackle ‘staggering’ humanitarian needs

15 October 2015 – Warning of the huge, almost uncontrollable human disasters facing the world – with a staggering 100 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged global solidarity to meet “the heavy but inspiring responsibility” today’s global challenges demand.

Ebola virus persists in body fluids of survivors for months – UN health agency

15 October 2015 – The Ebola virus can persist in the eye, semen, the placenta, breast milk and central nervous system of survivors of the disease for as long as 9 and a half months, according to a new study supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).<

In Rome, Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a ‘defining moment for Europe and the world’

15 October 2015 – The current refugee and migration crisis is a “defining moment” for Europe and the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Rome today, where in an address to Italian Government officials, he thanked Italy for its “compassionate and courageous response” while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.

‘Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods,’ Ban declares on International Day

15 October 2015 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, the United Nations today affirmed the role of women as significant and crucial for the progress of rural households, local and national economies.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Haiti, maintains recommended troop levels

14 October 2015 – The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for one year, until 15 October 2016, at the UN Secretary General’s recommended force levels of up to 2,370 troops and 2,061 police.

Morocco’s agriculture-focused ‘Green Plan’ must benefit all, says UN rights expert

14 October 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has commended Morocco’s achievements in reducing extreme poverty and eliminating hunger through crucial economic and social reforms, while also urging the authorities to reach all regions, paying particular attention to those living in remote areas and vulnerable groups.

In Iran, UN deputy chief highlights country’s ‘important contributions’ over the decades

13 October 2015 – Commemorating in Tehran the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has highlighted the contributions Iran has made to the global community over the decades, as well as the significant challenges the country still faces.

Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security

13 October 2015 – Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

UN agency condemns suicide attacks in Chad, pledges continued support

13 October 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today deplored the violent and fatal suicide attacks that were carried out over the weekend in the western Chad town of Baga Sola.