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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.


UN reports one million children die on first day of life from mostly preventable causes

16 September 2014 – While child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented with simple, cost effective interventions, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


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.


Libya closer to brink of protracted conflict and strife, UN envoy warns

15 September 2014 – Three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere closer to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, the top UN official in Libya said today, noting the urgency to take advantage of a “small window of opportunity.”


UN humanitarian chief urges sustained funding to assist millions of Iraqis in need

14 September 2014 – Sustained funding and support will be vital if the United Nations and its partners are to continue assisting the millions of Iraqis affected by the ongoing crisis in the country, particularly as winter approaches, the world body's top humanitarian official said on Sunday.


Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

12 September 2014 – A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


Ukraine: UN agency launches emergency food aid operation in country's east

12 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out its first operation in Ukraine, providing food assistance to vulnerable people affected by the conflict with distributions in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in the country’s east.


Senior UN officials urge Member States to craft ‘bold, pragmatic’ post-2015 agenda

11 September 2014 – With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and new – not least climate change.


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.


UNICEF assistance plays key role for Gazan children to begin a new school year

09 September 2014 – The devastating 50-day conflict has forced the new academic year in the Gaza Strip to begin three weeks late – on 14 September – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, underscoring the serious psychological trauma suffered by the Gazan children.