Archive for May, 2014

UN honours ‘blue helmets,’ seeks to build modern, adaptive peacekeeping force

30th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 29 May 2014 – Hailing the “long and proud” history of United Nations peacekeeping – with over one million “blue helmets” having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since 1948 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the Organization today in honouring those men and women who lost their lives in the past year, while looking to the future, envisioning a modern, global force that can effectively tackle emerging peace and security challenges. (more…)

Central African Republic: Ban deplores recent attacks, urges end to ‘cycle of violence’

30th May 2014 News and Media

CAR, 29 May 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) and encouraged the country’s Transitional Authority to do everything within its means to prevent further violence and to hold the perpetrators to account. (more…)

Mayors on frontline of battle against climate change – UN

30th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 29 May 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency on human settlements today said he hoped thousands of cities around the world will join forces to sign a compact to strengthen cooperation in tackling climate challenges when the UN convenes a summit on the issue four months from now. (more…)

Despite Security Council measure, calls for aid access in Syria being ignored – UN relief official

30th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 29 May 2014 – Three months after the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution aiming to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, a senior United Nations official is once again appealing for rapid, unhindered and safe access to besieged Syrians. (more…)

University of Pretoria hosts the launch of the 2014 Economic Report on Africa on 27 May 2014.

29th May 2014 News and Media

Pretoria, 27 May 2014 – The joint United Nations Economic Commission for Africa/African Union Commission annual flagship report, themed “Dynamic Industrial Policy in Africa: Innovative Institutions, Effective Processes and Flexible Mechanism”, was launched at the University of Pretoria on 27 May 2014. (more…)