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All parties in Gaza conflict agree to 72-hour unconditional ceasefire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

All parties in the Gaza conflict have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire starting Friday morning. That's according to a joint statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The ceasefire will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended, the statement reads. During this time, the forces on [...]

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Safe, unhindered humanitarian access needed in Iraq: UN envoy

Children who fled the escalating violence in the southern part of Iraq share a small house with relatives in Turaq.UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

Safe and unhindered humanitarian access is urgently needed in Iraq to deliver aid to and restore basic services for communities affected by the conflict. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, made the call on Thursday. Expressing concern over the rising levels of violence and instability across the country, she urged [...]

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Daily humanitarian pauses needed in Gaza, urges UN

Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Finding a safe area in war-torn Gaza is becoming harder now that 44 per cent of the territory has been declared a no-go area by the Israeli army. The Gaza Strip is just 45 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide. Ms Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief confirmed during a briefing to the Security Council [...]

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UN Daily News 31 July 2014

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Death toll from W. Africa Ebola outbreak may be higher, WHO says

Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be higher than reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) Spokesperson says. Gregory Hartl told Patrick Maigua that one of the big challenges in this outbreak was tracking all the cases. A lot of cases may have not been reported or come through the health [...]

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Relief efforts in Gaza stretched and delayed by fighting: Amos

Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The relief effort in Gaza is stretched and ongoing fighting and insecurity is hampering the ability of the UN and its partners to sustain the delivery of aid. Speaking via video conference, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed members of the Security Council on the gravity of the situation on [...]

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Shelling of UN school in Gaza serious "violation of international law"


The shelling of a UN school that doubles as a shelter for thousands of displaced persons represents a serious violation of international law. That's according to the Commissioner General of the UN relief and development agency for Palestinians, UNRWA. On Wednesday night, the Jabalia Elementary Girls' School was hit by artillery fire, causing multiple deaths [...]

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No travel restrictions in West Africa despite widening Ebola virus outbreak

A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the risk of the Ebola virus being transmitted by airline passengers travelling from the affected countries remains low, but cannot be ruled out. WHO is not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due to the Ebola outbreak but is urging health authorities and airlines flying from the affected [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Child exploitation in tourism "can't be tolerated"

Too many women still face unacceptable risks in childbirth, the WHO report says. Photo: UN Photo/G Diez

The exploitation of children in the worldwide tourism industry cannot be tolerated according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In South East Asia where the tourism sector is continuing to grow, the organization is working to protect children from exploitation, trafficking and abuse. The UN agency is encouraging all countries and businesses to promote [...]

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WOMEN: Midwife makes life better for Syrian refugee women through her work


Over the past three years, Syria’s civil war has left more then 130,000 dead and forced millions to flee to neighbouring countries like Jordan. Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan has become home to thousands of Syrian women and adolescent girls who fled the violence in their homeland. In the midst of this catastrophe, one extraordinary [...]

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UN and AFRICA: Continuous fighting in Darfur "opportunity" for peace

UNAMID honour guards protect borehole.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Ongoing instability in the Darfur region of Sudan could be an opportunity for the warring factions to finally come to a peace agreement.   Lieutenant General Paul Mella, the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) says fatigue caused by fighting may draw the factions to the negotiation table.   Assumpta Massoi [...]

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Task force set up to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones

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A senior level task force made up of experts in the aviation industry and government officials has been established to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas. Organized by the UN agency that governs civil aviation, ICAO, the meeting was triggered by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the troubled [...]

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"Dignified shelters" for Syrian refugees in Iraq

The IKEA Foundation is funding the development of durable and easy-to-assemble shelters for refugees. (video capture)

Syrian refugees at a camp in northern Iraq are enjoying what have been described as "dignified shelters." The white, solid, rectangular shelters are replacing the fabric tents that are typically found in refugee camps across the world. They've been developed by the Swedish retail giant, IKEA, in collaboration with the UN refugee Agency. As Warda [...]

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