Archive for August, 2014

UN chief welcomes Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for Gaza

27th August 2014 News and Media

New York, 26 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace. (more…)

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year

27th August 2014 News and Media

New York, 26 August 2014 – The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, while strongly condemning attempts to threaten the country’s security and stability. (more…)

Flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola, UN cautions

26th August 2014 News and Media

New York, 25 August 2014 – The United Nations today cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying such limitations were preventing the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies, as well as contributing to economic and diplomatic isolation of the region. (more…)

South Sudan: UN mission condemns detention of ceasefire monitors in Unity state

26th August 2014 News and Media

South Sudan, 25 August 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the detention of a team of six ceasefire monitors and three aircrew in Bouth, Unity state, on Saturday by forces allied to Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in opposition. (more…)

HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand – UN study

26th August 2014 News and Media

Thailand, 25 August 2014 – An estimated 70 per cent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand, where “social media, online dating websites and mobile application make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex,” says a new United Nations report. (more…)