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UN Updates: September 29, 2014

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

SG: Tomorrow the SG will travel to Geneva where he will attend an annual event organized by the World Trade Organization, address a special session of the UNHCR Executive Committee, and visit the Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC) at the WHO to receive a briefing on the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola: Today UNMEER Head Anthony Banbury landed in Accra, Ghana for the official opening of the Mission’s Headquarters. Over the week, he will travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to open all three regional offices for the Mission.

Africa: Speaking at a high-level meeting on refugees in Africa, High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres warned the international community about the risks of overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa, citing the more than 3 million refugees, 12.5 million internally displaced and 700,000 stateless people in Africa. Mr. Guterres added that a spate of new conflicts in Central African Republic, northern Nigeria, Libya and South Sudan had displaced more than 2.5 million people during the first six months of 2014 alone.

Gaza: There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behaviour at school, Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said today. According to a press release on his findings, the latest round of violence from 7 July to 26 August 2014 has left 1,479 civilians, including 506 children, dead.

Afghanistan: The SG congratulated Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on his inauguration as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He further extended his congratulations to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on being sworn in as Chief Executive Officer and called for the new government to be formed quickly and to work with all Afghans in a “spirit of national unity”.

Libya: The political dialogue in Libya, facilitated by the UN, began today in the town of Ghedames. Special RRSG for Libya Bernardino Leon said that it was a “historic day” for Libya as the parties have shown commitment to engage in a political process to overcome their differences peacefully. Yesterday, he also travelled to Tobruk for a meeting with the first Deputy Parliament President as well as to Tripoli for discussions with parliamentarians who had boycotted the parliament sessions in Tobruk.

Ukraine: OCHA says that nearly 300,000 people have been displaced in Ukraine, with more than 5 million people living in conflict-affected areas. Humanitarian needs in areas under the control of armed groups are reportedly significant, with local organizations and Red Cross teams having nearly exhausted their supplies or not delivered due to insecurity. The next OCHA report on Ukraine will be released on Friday.

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