Archive for May, 2014

Lucrative but ‘fundamentally evil,’ forced labour must be eradicated once and for all – UN agency

21st May 2014 News and Media

New York, 20 May 2014 – Millions of people suffering under the yoke of modern slavery – more than half are women and girls primarily in commercial sex trade or domestic work – are generating some $150 billion a year in illegal profits for the people who are exploiting them, according to a new report released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). (more…)

Donors pledge $600 million to bolster UN-led aid response to South Sudan crisis

21st May 2014 News and Media

Norway, 20 May 2014 – International donors today pledged more than $600 million dollars in aid to South Sudan at a conference hosted by Norway and the United Nations aimed at preventing famine and upholding human rights in the world’s newest country which has been ravaged by months of fighting. (more…)

Thailand: Ban urges respect of democratic principles as army imposes martial law

21st May 2014 News and Media

New York, 20 May 2014 – Urging constructive dialogue to end the prolonged political statement in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call on all parties to exercise “utmost restraint” in the wake of the army’s declaration of martial law in the country. (more…)

Quality care at birth could save nearly 3 million children – UN-backed study

20th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 19 May 2014 – The majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth, according to the findings released today in a study supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is urging additional attention and resources for this group of children. (more…)

UN humanitarian chief rallies support for flood-hit Balkan regions

20th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 19 May 2014 – Deeply concerned by the devastating floods in the Balkans – days of rainfall have reportedly submerged entire villages and triggered landslides across the region – the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator is rallying the international community to provide speedy assistance that can help save lives and put people on the road to recovery. (more…)