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Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, UN relief chief warns, calling for end to violence

UN News Centre – 27 November 2014

While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official has said today, calling on the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region.

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Trafficking in children on the rise, says new UN report

UN News Centre – 24 November 2014

One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into “modern slavery,” according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released today by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

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

UN News Centre – 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.”

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Every dollar invested in water, sanitation brings four-fold return in costs – UN

UN News Centre – 19 November 2014

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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UN spotlights children’s rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary of landmark treaty

UN News Centre – 19 November 2014

As the global human rights community readies to celebrate tomorrow the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged with its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate – and not just be heard – in discussions that affect their lives and communities.

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‘Deeply troubled’ by Darfur rape allegations, Ban urges ‘unfettered’ access to town

UN News Centre – 17 November 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is deeply troubled about persistent allegations of mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur, and urged Government officials to grant unfettered access to the town so that investigators can verify these reports.

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G-20 countries have political responsibility to tackle world’s greatest challenges Ban

UN News Centre – 15 November 2014

With the planet and its people facing serious security, developmental and environmental challenges, G-20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course, but a political responsibility to do so, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Brisbane, Australia.

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In Kenya, UN chief kicks off global media campaign to end female genital mutilation

UN News Centre – 31 October 2014

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

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At UN-backed forum, Latin American, Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

UN News Centre – 16 October 2014

At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries today announced the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

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‘Staggering array’ of gross human rights abuses in Iraq – UN report

03 October 2014

A “staggering array” of gross human rights abuses and “acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature” were committed by the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over a period of nine weeks, the United Nations reported today.

The report, produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, covers the period from 6 July to 10 September, also cites a number of violations committed by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and associated forces battling ISIL.

“This report is terrifying,” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov, calling on Iraqi leaders to “act in unity to restore control over areas that have been taken over by ISIL and implement inclusive social, political and economic reforms.”

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As development goals near deadline, Ban urges global leaders to ‘finish the job’

UN News Centre – 26 September 2014

Great gains have been made in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs,” but with the deadline fast approaching more must be done to fully meet the targets set for 2015 and beyond, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

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Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them, UN rights body told

UN News Centre – 19 September 2014

The voices of indigenous peoples must be effectively heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources, the United Nations Human Rights Council heard today.

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

UN News Centre – 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.

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Evidence on rampant violence against children ‘compels us to act’ – UNICEF report

UN News Centre – 05 September 2014

Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations today.

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UN operation to feed displaced Iraqis reaches over 700,000 people

UN News Centre – 27 August 2014

Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.

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World Humanitarian Day: More people than ever need help

UN News Centre – 19 August 2014

Spotlighting humanitarians who often take great risks to help communities in need, World Humanitarian Day 2014 will feature events ranging from a 5K run/walk in Mogadishu, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, a radio talk show with disaster management experts in Papua New Guinea, and the launch of a postage stamp honouring the late United Nations humanitarian veteran Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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UN declares Iraq ‘Level 3 Emergency’ to trigger more resources, speed up aid delivery

UN News Centre – 14 August 2014

The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcefully displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).

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UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations

UN News Centre – 11 August 2014


The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.

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UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants’ advance

UN News Centre – 07 August 2014

As Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists continue to overrun areas of northern Iraq, the United Nations has begun coordinating humanitarian assistance for displaced vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to support Iraq and help the Government alleviate the suffering of all those impacted by the spiralling violence.

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As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’

UN News Centre – 23 July 2014

The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

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