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Azerbaijan must ensure accountability for acts of violence against women – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in Azerbaijan to ensure accountability for acts of violence against women, including by punishing not only the perpetrators but also those who fail in their duty to respond to abuses.

Philippines: UN agencies say needs are immense one month after Typhoon Haiyan

One month after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippines, the breadth of the damage is still unfolding and the needs for the millions of people affected by the storm are immense, United Nations humanitarian agencies warned today, urging the world to continue to support the massive relief effort under way in the archipelago.

Afghanistan: UN lauds appointment of media commission as key step for 2014 elections

As preparations continue for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission there today welcomed the appointment of the Media Commission as another important step towards holding credible polls.

UN team praises Japan’s efforts to decommission damaged nuclear plant, notes challenges

A team from the United Nations nuclear watchdog today praised Japan for its efforts to decommission the damaged Fukushima power station, while noting that several complex challenges have to be addressed to ensure the plant’s stability.

Security Council strongly condemns recent attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan and Faryab provinces resulting in the deaths of nine development workers, bringing to 237 the number of attacks against humanitarian personnel, facilities and assets in Afghanistan so far this year.

Road to recovery in Philippines must be built for sustainable human development – UN

Just four weeks after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners, with the Government’s guidance, are making significant strides in helping the country recover and build back sustainably, a UN development official said today.

After recent attacks on Afghan aid workers, UN official urges respect for humanitarian staff

Expressing deep regret at the recent deaths of nine Afghan aid workers in two separate attacks, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has called on all actors in Afghanistan to respect and uphold the neutrality and independence of relief workers.

Political brinksmanship 'driving Bangladesh to the edge,' UN rights chief says

Deeply worried by rising levels of violence in Bangladesh, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today urged the country's political leaders to set their differences aside, immediately halt “destructive brinkmanship” and use their influence to ease the unrest.

Ban urges good faith participation by all sides in Yemen's national dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in Yemen to participate in good faith in the country's ongoing National Dialogue and to “refrain from any obstruction of the transition process.”

DPR Korea sees increased harvests for third year, but malnutrition persists – UN

A new assessment by the United Nations has found that harvests in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are up for the third year running, but warns that chronic malnutrition persists.