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As challenges mount for displaced in eastern Ukraine, UN agency ramps up food voucher plan

21 November 2014 – Key steps have been taken recently to deliver food vouchers to some 10,000 internally displaced people in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today, while underscoring that ensuring access to food in the country’s crisis-gripped eastern region remains a “priority concern.”


South Sudan: UN relief official urges respect for ceasefire, scaling up of aid operations

21 November 2014 – Concluding a three-day mission to South Sudan, a senior United Nations relief official has called on all parties to the conflict there to respect their ceasefire commitments, while urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.


UN agency’s innovative standards to boost TV viewing experience for millions

21 November 2014 – The technological advancement of the television medium – a critical tool for “informing, channelling, and affecting” public opinion – is necessary for the improvement of communication and globalization, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) declared today, as it announced new measures aimed at heightening television viewing for millions of people around the world.


‘Time is growing short,’ UN warns as it boosts delivery of winter kits to displaced in Iraq

21 November 2014 – The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is stepping up its efforts in Iraq to deliver winter aid to people displaced by this year’s conflict including Thursday with the landing in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region the first in a series of flights carrying supplies aimed at mitigating the impact of the harsh months ahead.


UN warns Pacific islands of extreme weather risks during upcoming wet season

21 November 2014 – Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness.


UN humanitarian news service to be spun off

20 November 2014 – The humanitarian news service IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), after nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, announced today that it will spin off to become an independent, non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor.


Anaemic growth for shipping industry amid ‘stumbling’ global economy – UN report

20 November 2014 – The growth of global seaborne shipping over the past year has reflected the “stumbling” progress of the world economy, the United Nations trade and development body announced today as it presented its latest report on the “volatile and gloomy” state of the shipping industry.


Ban to take up fight against Ebola with heads of all UN organizations

20 November 2014 – On the eve of a meeting of United Nations agency chiefs to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank reported today Liberia’s labour sector has suffered a huge blow since the start of the crisis, as a “massive effort” was underway in Mali to halt the spread of the re-emerged virus.


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.


UN champions children as ‘fundamental building blocks,’ marking 25th anniversary of historic treaty

20 November 2014 – As countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations family today hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future.