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13 stories found over the past 45 days
SAMOA: Apia welcomes thousands for UN conference

30 August 2014 – Ahead of the official opening of the United Nations conference on small island developing countries, the UN and Samoan flags were raised on Saturday over the site in the capital, Apia, that will host what is considered the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific region.


UN health agency calls for regulation of ‘e-cigarettes,’ curbs on advertising, sales to minors

26 August 2014 – Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control,” a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report said today, urging regulations to impede their promotion to non-smokers and young people.


UN adviser calls for taking ‘leap of faith’ to ensure peaceful, unified Myanmar

25 August 2014 – The United Nations Special Adviser for Myanmar today wrapped up a visit to the country during which he visited Rakhine state to see first-hand the progress made to provide aid to local communities, as well as actions being taken to address underlying causes of recent violence.


MDG Momentum: UN launches 500 days of action to build a better world

18 August 2014 – With Malala Yousafzai by his side, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”


In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action, promote UN ideals

16 August 2014 – At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.


Concerned by security raids on Darfur camps, UN-African Union mission takes mitigating measures

14 August 2014 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today expressed deep concern over security raids, recently conducted by the Sudanese Government, in several camps for displaced people in the city of Nyala and the surrounding towns in South Darfur.


Celebrating Youth Day, UN stresses importance of good mental health

12 August 2014 – Each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations reported in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day which this year shines a spotlight on the importance of mental health.


UN Asia-Pacific forum calls for inclusive, job-generating growth to bridge region’s income gap

07 August 2014 – With 743 million people in Asia and the Pacific still desperately poor, it is essential that growth be sustainable, inclusive and job-generating, declared the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as it kicked off its Ministerial Segment in Bangkok today.


DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains ‘fragile,’ UN envoys warn

07 August 2014 – Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are “not irreversible.”


Burundi: UN envoy says 2015 elections will be ‘litmus test’ for democratic processes, stability

06 August 2014 – While noting Burundi’s efforts to ensure an inclusive political climate ahead of elections in 2015, the United Nations envoy for the country warned today that the socio-political situation there remains characterized by “deep-rooted divergences and persisting mistrust between the Government and opposition parties, and between and within opposition formations as well.”