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South Sudan: UN officials welcome launch in of campaign to end use of child soldiers

30th October 2014 Press Releases

South Sudan, 29 October 2014 – The United Nations stands ready to support the Government of South Sudan in its renewed commitment to end the recruitment and use of children in the army, top UN officials declared today as the Organization launched a new initiative in the country. (more…)

South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says UN relief chief

30th October 2014 Press Releases

South Africa, 29 October 2014 – Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and South Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today in Pretoria, South Africa, at the opening of the regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Humanitarian Summit. (more…)

UN applauds donation by Malala Yousafzai for reconstruction of Gaza schools

30th October 2014 Press Releases

Gaza, 29 October 2014 – As the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the enclave. (more…)

Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing Syria crisis – UN relief official

30th October 2014 Press Releases

New York, 29 October 2014 – The ongoing civil war in Syria and its spillover effects continue to inflict a devastating human and humanitarian toll on neighbouring Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, a senior United Nations relief official said today, warning that rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground. (more…)

Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN

30th October 2014 Press Releases

Geneva, 29 October 2014 – The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions. (more…)