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Ban welcomes new efforts to put Central African Republic ‘back on track’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the establishment of a new transition Government in the Central African Republic (CAR), and urged determined national and international efforts to stop sectarian violence which is affecting more than half of the country’s population.

UN humanitarian chief hopes South Sudan ceasefire will ease civilian suffering

Noting that the recent conflict in South Sudan has rolled back development gains made over the past two years since independence, the top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced her hope that a recent ceasefire will enable people to return to their homes and rebuild their lives.

Ill-qualified teachers, poor access to schools at root of global education crisis – UN report

Some 125 million school children around the world are unable to read a single sentence, even after four years of attendance – a waste of $129 billion a year – a United Nations report warned today, calling on Governments to draft the best teachers to teach the most underprivileged if the goal of universal education is ever to be reached.

Security Council stresses reconciliation during debate on ‘war and the search for lasting peace’

A halt to fighting does not necessarily end a conflict, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, detailing ways in which the Organization is taking a more systematic approach to reconciliation, particularly in the aftermath of conflicts within States.

General Assembly President appeals for ‘Olympic Truce’ ahead of Sochi Games

With a little over a week to go before the Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, General Assembly President John Ashe today urged United Nations Member States to observe the historic tradition of ceasing hostilities ahead of the Games.

Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ to eradicating hunger in Africa, UN official stresses

A senior United Nations official today stressed that agriculture is the engine of growth needed to eradicate hunger and boost food production in Africa, ahead of the launch later this week of the 2014 African Year of Agriculture and Food Security.

UN concerned about growing displacement of people in DR Congo’s Katanga province

More than 400,000 people have been displaced recently in the so-called “Triangle of Death” – the area between the towns of Pweto, Mitwaba and Manono – in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations confirmed today.

Warning of 'humanity divided,' UN urges job creation, inclusive growth strategies

Raising the alarm against deepening income disparities in countries around the world, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) called today for a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms.

Tunisian politicians must ensure 'peaceful' steps in transition - UN rights office

Following Tunisia's adoption of a new constitution, the United Nations human rights office today added its voice to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's in encouraging politicians to ensure that the next steps in the country's democratic transition are conducted in a “peaceful, inclusive and transparent" manner.

UNESCO chief denounces killings of television journalists in Pakistan, Iraq

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the separate killings of four television journalists in Pakistan and Iraq, calling for those responsible to be brought to trial.