Archive for October, 2014

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…)

Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies continue aid push

27th October 2014 Press Releases

New York, 24 October 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing and the deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to halt the spread of the deadly virus. (more…)

UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

27th October 2014 Press Releases

Rome, 24 October 2014 – The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations said today as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.” (more…)

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges

27th October 2014 Press Releases

New York, 24 October 2014 – The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today. (more…)

Diplomatic Fair 2014

25th October 2014 UN Activities

Pretoria, 25 October 2014 – UNIC, along with the rest of the UN team in South Africa, joined 70 other diplomatic missions by participating in the annual Diplomatic Fair on the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, 25 October 2014. With the dissemination of information materials, interactive quiz sessions, face-painting for children and a lively display of the work of the UN agencies in South Africa, the UN information tent was very popular with the estimated 8,0000 people who attended the Diplomatic Fair. (more…)