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UN Updates: September 22, 2014

*Keywords: SG=Secretary-General, DSG=Deputy Secretary-General 


Climate Change: The SG spoke at the opening of the Climate Week at the Morgan Library this morning on the importance of doing business in a “new, sustainable way” to create a more prosperous future for all humans. He welcomed the growing global awareness around climate change and its impact on communities and economies worldwide. He described climate change as the “defining issue of our time” and said he hoped for a mutual climate agreement in Paris next year.

Gender: On the weekend, the SG attended the HeforShe event with Emma Watson as one of the key speakers. He underscored that one in three women will become victims of gender-based violence in their lives, and that men must raise their voices against this issue.

Turkey: The SG welcomed the release of Turkish nationals on Friday in Iraq, who had been held captive by ISIL since 11th June. He further called for the immediate release of all ISIL hostages.
 
Syria: UNHCR is expanding its support for the Turkish government to help 130 000 Syrian refugees who have entered Turkey since Friday. Due to an increase in fighting near the Turkish border, hundreds of thousands refugees are still expected to come in the next months.  UNHCR is also preparing an air and sea emergency response.

Libya: The number of internally displaced people in Libya has increased to 150 000 since July. An estimated total of 2 million people have been affected by the conflict since its start.

Avain Flu: FAO warned today against a recent strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia. Chinese authorities first reported the virus in poultry in April 2014 and it has since then been detected in Lao and Viet Nam. FAO stressed that the virus is highly virulent in chickens and geese and translates into a real threat to poultry-related livelihoods, which contribute to the income of hundreds of millions of people throughout the sub-region.

South Sudan: UNMISS is calling the parties to immediately cease their military operations and demonstrate the political will to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The Mission also urges them to sincerely commit themselves to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

UNMC: The UN Millennium Campaign has announced that 5 million people in 193 countries have participated in the My World survey. The top six issues include a good education, better healthcare, better job opportunities, an honest and responsive government, protection against crime and violence, and affordable and nutritious food.

 
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