Archive for May, 2014

UN issues guide to better identify deep-sea sharks, make fisheries more sustainable

29th May 2014 News and Media

FAO, 28 May 2014 – A new series of guides released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will make it easier for fishers to identify deep-sea sharks, as well as improve reporting on catches and make deep-sea fisheries more sustainable. (more…)

Security Council prioritizes civilian protection as it extends UN mission in South Sudan

28th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 27 May 2014 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and revised its mandate to give priority to the task of protecting civilians and to address the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the nation for the past six months. (more…)

Mali: with northern rebel ceasefire holding, UN agencies scale up relief measures

28th May 2014 News and Media

Mali, 27 May 2014 – A ceasefire agreed between the Government and three rebel groups in restive northern Mali appears to be holding, the United Nations reported today, warning however that recent deadly violence in the flashpoint city of Kidal has displaced some 4,000 people who now desperately need food, water and other necessities. (more…)

Ban welcomes ’generally peaceful’ polls in Ukraine, expresses alarm at fresh violence in east

28th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 27 May 2014 – While welcoming the “generally peaceful” nature of Ukraine’s weekend presidential elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern that eligible voters in some parts of the county’s crisis torn eastern region were not allowed to participate in the national poll. (more…)

UN labour report shows solid return for national investments in quality jobs

28th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 27 May 2014 – Developing countries that invested in quality jobs from the early 2000s grew nearly one percentage point faster every year since 2007 and were better able to weather the economic crisis than comparable economies, according to a new report by the United Nations labour agency. (more…)