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Cholera fight in DR Congo receives $9 million boost from UN fund

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) received $9.1 million today from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fight off cholera, which has affected more than 22,000 people and killed 500 over the past year in the central African country.

UN honours memory of children who perished in the Holocaust

The United Nations today honoured the memory of the more than 1.5 million boys and girls who perished in the Holocaust, with top officials stressing the need to speak out against intolerance and to protect the lives and human rights of children around the world.

Côte d’Ivoire must ensure secure space for political participation – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert urged Ivorian authorities today to ensure a secure and peaceful environment for political participation following the violent clashes between the supporters and opponents of President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan last Saturday which led to the death of one person and the wounding of six others.

UN welcomes launch of business initiatives to end HIV among children by 2015

The United Nations and the United States Government initiative for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) welcomed today the launch of two programmes by business leaders to end new HIV infections in children by 2015.

Senior UN humanitarian official urges end to West Bank home demolitions

A senior United Nations official has called for an immediate end to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, as he witnessed first hand the suffering and destruction caused by this ongoing practice.

Private investment critical to achieve universal energy access, Ban tells Davos Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of private investment to ensure universal and sustainable energy access, as he called on business leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, to mobilize their resources and strengthen their partnerships with the public and non-governmental sectors to achieve this goal.

UN staffer held in Yemen released unharmed

The United Nations confirmed today that a 34-year-old Norwegian staff member who had been held in Yemen for nearly two weeks has been released unharmed.

Uruguayan football manager Óscar Tabárez named UN Champion for Sport

Uruguayan national football team manager Óscar Tabárez, known as El Maestro (The Teacher), will help promote education and sports programmes for vulnerable children in his native country, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today, as part of his new role as Champion for Sport for the agency.

UN official surveys typhoon damage in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction wrapped up her visit to the Philippines today by comparing the damage caused by Typhoon Sendong to that of major tsunamis such as the one that struck Japan last year.

Italy must urgently act to end violence against women, UN rights expert says

Italy must do more to protect women from violence and urgently address the underlying structural causes of gender inequality and discrimination, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned after visiting the country.