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UN Updates: August 18, 2014

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


Ebola: In a statement issued today on travel and transport, WHO said that while there is no need for wide travel or trade restrictions, authorities in countries affected by Ebola should be diligent about checking people departing at international airports, seaports and border crossings. The UN System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. Nabarro, met with the SG this afternoon and will speak to the press tomorrow.

Iraq: OCHA reports the UN and partners are scaling up efforts to address displaced people in Iraq. UNHCR is coordinating to provide shelter, WFP has now provided 2.5 million meals and UNICEF reports aid organizations are working on improving conditions for Iraqi refugees arriving in Syria.

Gaza: UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council today that the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza is holding. Today is the 5th and final day of the extension, the deadline is 5 PM New York Time, but Serry said he hoped it would be extended.

MDG 500 Days: The SG marked “500 days of action” until the MDG deadline with Malala Yousafzai and 500 young people in the Trusteeship Council Chamber for an hour today. In a separate statement, the SG highlighted the accomplishments of the MDGs and called for accelerated action in four areas: strategic investments in health, education, energy, sanitation and empowering women and girls, focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable countries, keeping financial promises, and deepening cooperation.

Mali: In a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the SG, the SG said he is “deeply saddened” by and condemns the death of two UN peacekeepers and wounding of at least seven in a suicide attack in Ber (in the Timbuktu region) of Mali.


 
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