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In Nepal, top UN official urges continued funding for earthquake relief efforts

01 May 2015 – Emergency funding for relief efforts are streaming into Nepal as the country begins to recover from last Saturday’s devastating earthquake, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today as she urged the international community to increase its support for the landlocked Himalayan nation.


UN envoy to kick-off Syria talks in Geneva next week

01 May 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Syria will begin next week a series of in-depth, separate consultations with Syrian stakeholders and regional and international actors to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 so-called Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced.


UN relief wing says unrest continues in Burundi, requests funds for humanitarian contingency planning

30 April 2015 – Civil unrest continued for a fourth day in areas of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, after current President Pierre Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party as their candidate for upcoming presidential elections, the United Nations relief arm reported today.


Children in 15 of 26 industrialized countries in UN survey lack access to child rights education

30 April 2015 – Education programmes in 15 industrialized countries fail to include child rights education in their schools, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, which also highlights that a fundamental step towards exercising those rights is to know and understand them.


Ban calls for civilian protection in Yemen, urges ceasefire as fuel shortages hamper relief efforts

30 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said today that he is gravely concerned about continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and the impact it has on innocent civilians.


One in three Europeans potentially exposed to asbestos, new UN study shows

30 April 2015 – A high-level meeting on environment and health in Europe today appealed urgently to all European countries to eliminate asbestos-related diseases, as a new United Nations report showed that one third of the 900 million people living in the region are potentially exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Democratic Republic of the Congo

30 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom called today for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 April.


Nepal: quake’s impact on food security likely ‘very high,’ warns UN agency

30 April 2015 – Some eight million dollars is urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.


International Jazz Day: UN spotlights power of music to build ‘bridges of respect and understanding’

30 April 2015 – The top United Nations cultural official said today that artists across the globe have been drawn to the spontaneity and freedom of expression of jazz for over a century, as musicians and music lovers the world over celebrate International Jazz Day.


New UN special envoy on Ebola response makes first visit to Sierra Leone

29 April 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said that surveillance and community engagement still require improvement in some areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone where new cases continued to surface, a day after the new Special Representative for UN Ebola Response, Peter Graff, was informed of a continued transmission epicentre on the border between those two countries.