Archive for August, 2014

On Day of Remembrance, UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts to build culture of tolerance

25th August 2014 News and Media

New York, 23 August 2014 – Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the Western hemisphere, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today that the struggle to overcome slavery “has strengthened awareness of the equality of all men and women, which we have all inherited directly.” (more…)

UN confirms handover of US journalist Peter Theo Curtis

25th August 2014 News and Media

Syria, 24 August 2014 – The United Nations has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on Sunday in a handover to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, who then released him to United States officials. (more…)

‘Basic health care cannot be Ebola’s next casualty’, says UNICEF, ramping up support to Liberia

25th August 2014 News and Media

Monrovia, 23 August 2014 – As part of the overall United Nations push to assist West Africa in battling the worst outbreak of Ebola in history, a cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of supplies from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed today in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, bringing urgently needed items to shore up the country’s weakened healthcare system. (more…)

Weekly update on the Syrian Crisis

22nd August 2014 News and Media

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

No. 56 / 20 August 2014 (more…)

Briefing Security Council, senior officials urge UN system-wide approach to early warning, conflict prevention

22nd August 2014 News and Media

Geneva, 21 August 2014 – The Security Council today expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger “early, concrete preventive action,” as senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the Organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention. (more…)