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Darfur: UN-backed event promotes role of women in peace processes

22 November 2014 – As it continues its investigations into the mass rape of 200 women and girls in North Darfur, the United Nations-African Union hybrid mission in Darfur this week organized a forum focusing on the importance of integrated gender perspectives and women leaders in all peace processes – from peacemaking to peace building.

UN agency unveils push to make cooking safe for 10 million people by 2020

21 November 2014 – Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more, the United Nations spotlighted at a New York conference on cookstoves, as it urged Governments to take action to accelerate the adoption of clean cooking solutions.

Slovenia: UN expert urges focus on ‘vulnerable’ ostracized older persons

21 November 2014 – Following her first official visit to Slovenia, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of older persons hailed efforts by the country’s Government in ensuring the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, but urged authorities to focus on those being ostracized, as they are “the vulnerable of the vulnerable.”

Security Council adopts first-ever resolution on ‘invaluable role’ of UN police operations

20 November 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted its first-ever resolution focusing on the world body’s policing operations, stressing their invaluable contribution to peacekeeping, civilian protection and the rule of law, and pledging to give clear mandates as well as appropriate resources to UN police-related work.

Pope Francis urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge at UN conference in Rome

20 November 2014 – Pope Francis today urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before.

In latest report, UN rights office says nearly 1,000 dead amid shaky Ukraine ceasefire

20 November 2014 – Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a tenuous ceasefire was established there in early September amid efforts to end the violence between armed rebel groups and the Government, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said today as it released its latest report on the situation in the country.

Clean industrialization critical for Africa to ‘leapfrog’ outdated technologies – Ban

20 November 2014 – Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day.

Security Council calls for thorough investigation into alleged mass rape in North Darfur

19 November 2014 – Echoing calls from the wider United Nations community, the Security Council today expressed concern at allegations over the mass rape in late October of 200 women and girls in Tabit, North Darfur, calling on the Government of Sudan to conduct a thorough investigation.

Libya: UN mission brokers ‘critical’ 12-hour humanitarian truce in Benghazi

19 November 2014 – The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced today that all parties to the conflict in Benghazi have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian truce to evacuate civilians and retrieve the bodies of the dead.

UN Asia-Pacific forum opens meeting to advance gender equality

19 November 2014 – More than 700 representatives from governments, inter-governmental organizations, UN bodies and civil society in Asia and the Pacific began meeting today to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment with the keynote speaker highlighting the urgency of eliminating violence against women and girls.