Archive for November, 2014

Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2014

28th November 2014 Press Releases

New York, 3 December 2014 – This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.

Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 29 November 2014

28th November 2014 Press Releases

New York, 29 November 2014 – We have passed through another somber, sad and sorry year for Palestinians, Israelis and all who seek peace. Over the course of 50 brutal days this summer, the world witnessed a ruthless war in Gaza — the third such conflict in six years. (more…)

New UN-backed open-source tool will support community resilience-building

28th November 2014 Press Releases

Rome, 27 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict. (more…)

Structural reforms can help poorest countries break ‘vicious’ economic circle – new UN report

28th November 2014 Press Releases

Geneva, 27 November 2014 – The world’s poorest countries are trapped in an economic vicious circle, which pins them in poverty and must be reversed if new development goals are to be met, according to a newly released report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). (more…)

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 70/26 November 2014

27th November 2014 Press Releases

Syria, 26 November 2014 – Aid response still short of meeting the needs, warns Amos

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on 25 November on the implementation of resolution 2165 on humanitarian access. She noted that since its adoption in July, progress has been made in delivering aid to people most in need throughout Syria. The United Nations has been able to deliver aid to almost all hard-to-reach communities in four Governorates – Aleppo, Idlib, Da’ra and Quneitra, primarily through cross-border convoys. She warned, however, that the response was still not enough. “We continue to fall short of meeting humanitarian needs of all people we aim to reach in Syria”, she added. Ms. Amos urged the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region. (more…)