- General Assembly Adopts Text on Graduation from Least Developed Category as Vanuatu, Equatorial Guinea Attain Middle-Income Status (4 December 2013)
Vanuatu and Equatorial Guinea were now poised to become middle-income countries, the General Assembly heard today as it unanimously adopted a draft resolution on graduation from the least developed category.
- Second Committee Approves 7 Draft Resolutions Including Text on Reducing Post-harvest Food Losses, Waste (3 December 2013)
The General Assembly would stress the need to significantly reduce post-harvest and other food losses and waste throughout the food supply chain through increased promotion of appropriate harvesting practices, agro-food processing and appropriate facilities for the storage and packaging of food, according to one of seven draft resolutions that the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) approved today.
- As Budget Shortfall, Insecurity Threaten Efforts of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, 17 Member States Promise Funds at Pledging Conference (3 December 2013)
Appealing to the international community to confront a $65 million cash shortfall in its 2014 budget, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East today heard representatives of 17 countries pledge to provide voluntary contributions.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ‘Indispensible’ to Conflict Prevention, Secretary-General Tells Ministerial Meeting (5 December 2013)
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to the twentieth Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), held in Kyiv from 5 to 6 December:
Secretary-General, Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Yemen, Says Ongoing National Dialogue Conference is Only Path to Democracy (5 December 2013)
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
Selection Committee Announces 2013 Winners of United Nations Human Rights Prize (5 December 2013)
The winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2013 have been announced today by the selection committee. They are: Biram Dah Abeid, Hiljmnijeta Apuk, Liisa Kauppinen, Khadija Ryadi, the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico and Malala Yousafzai.
Press Conference on Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan (4 December 2013)
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan needed continued global attention and support, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today at a Headquarters news conference following her visit to the world’s youngest country.
Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for December (3 December 2013)
The Security Council’s priorities for December focused on the complex situations in the Central African Republic and Syria, as well as on peace and security in Africa’s volatile Sahel region, the Permanent Representative of France, Gérard Araud, said today at a Headquarters press conference as he assumed the 15-nation body’s presidency.
Press Conference by Regional Head of United Nations Development Programme on Relief and Reconstruction Efforts in Philippines (2 December 2013)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had started operating a cash-for-work emergency employment scheme in the typhoon-hit Philippines to bridge two phases — humanitarian relief and reconstruction, a regional head of that agency said at a Headquarters press conference today.