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EBOLA COULD SINK AFRICA’S RISING DREAMS

An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched last weekend by the U.N. children’s fund, Unicef.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONFAB IN SOUTH AFRICA

Some 400 delegates from 36 African countries are expected to fill the halls at the 18th annual Highway Africa conference for media activism which takes place Sept. 7-8 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

UN AoC Focuses on Youth & Peace Building

Speaking to 75 youths representing 75 countries, U.N. Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson offered a sweeping assessment of the United Nations’ place in the world and outlined his hopes for the future.

UNICEF Offers Psychosocial Support to Traumatised Children in Gaza

Children in Gaza are in desperate need of psychosocial support to cope with the violence and destruction they have witnessed, both on a physical and emotional level, a U.N. official saidThursday.

U.N. Commemorates World Humanitarian Day Paying Tribute to Aid Workers

The United Nations Tuesday commemorated World Humanitarian Day paying tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to bring relief to those in need.

UNFPA Supports Abducted Nigerian Girls’ Transition to Normal Life

When Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from their schools in Chibok, Nigeria last April, an international outcry was heard across the world under the slogan #bringbackourgirls.

OPINION: Violations of International Law Degenerate U.N.

The United Nations was founded “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights. To meet that objective, the Preamble of the UN Charter provides "to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained”.

Malala, U.N. Chief Push for Action on MDGs

Malala Yousafzai and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke with 500 young people at a U.N. event Monday, marking 500 days until the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

U.N. Underlines Key Role for Youth and Sports on Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Nanjing, China, last week for the opening ceremony of the Second Youth Olympic Games.

International Youth Day Focuses on Mental Health

They survived mental illnesses and escaped suicides. They found new reasons to live, new hope and they grew stronger.

Political Tensions Threaten Iraq’s Already Dwindling Security

Threatened with slaughter if they descend what is now known as the “Mountain of Death” and at risk of dying of dehydration if they stay, tens of thousands of Yezidis have been driven to peril by the Islamic State (also known as ISIL).

African Writers Rip U.S. Summit

Charles Onyango-Obbo of The East African, a Kenyan daily, joined a growing number of writers and scholars questioning the aims of the US-Africa Summit. Where, he asked, were the wives?

Women’s Peace & Security Important in Post-2015 Development Agenda

In precarious environments all around the world, women are being seized into the throes of conflict and poverty. Where war is being waged, women are either caught in the crossfire or bear the brunt of exclusion and attacks on their family, livelihood and emotional wellbeing.

Portuguese-Speaking Nations Endorse FAO Director-General for Second Term

A summit meeting of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), also known as Comunidad de Paises de Lengua Portuguesa, last week reaffirmed the right to food and called for the eradication of hunger.

Study Shows Worsening Humanitarian Disaster in CAR

Violence has resulted in widespread deaths in the Central African Republic (CAR) in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

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