Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission – UN health agency

Sierra Leone, 26 August 2015 – Sierra Leone today began its countdown to be declared by the World Health Organization as free of Ebola virus transmission as the West African nation’s President described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as “the beginning of the end of Ebola.” More »

Ebola response panel studying ways to enforce compliance with key UN legal health instrument

Geneva, 26 August 2015 – A special United Nations international panel reviewing the role of existing international health regulations in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is studying the use of possible sanctions and other mechanisms to ensure better compliance with what it described as “a very important legal instrument in order to improve the global health security.” More »

At Security Council, UN envoy says Libyan parties must come together, make ‘final push’ for peace

Libya, 26 August 2015 – With the United Nations-supported political dialogue process in Libya nearing its last stages, “time is running out” for leaders on all sides and at all levels to make the “final push,” the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL) told the Security Council today. More »

Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis

Nepal, 25 August 2015 – Voicing concern over continuing political violence and killing of protestors in Nepal, the United Nations human rights office today called on the authorities to respect dissenting voices and seek a peaceful solution with demonstrators. More »

UN human rights chief urges Maldives to consider release of imprisoned former President

Maldives, 25 August 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country. More »