International donors need to supply at least $500 million in aid to halt South Sudan's descent into famine, says Toby Lanzer, United Nations deputy special representative in South Sudan. "It is simply no exaggeration to say that we are currently facing one of the most severe tests that the international aid community has ever faced," he argues.
The United Nations is helping Nigeria locate and rescue the hundreds of abducted schoolgirls, but it does not plan to send a military force without Security Council approval, said Said Djinnit, sent by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the country. Separately, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan canceled a planned trip to the town of Chibok, the home of the abducted schoolgirls. Instead, he will go directly to Paris to attend a French-organized meeting on regional security.
Violations of human rights by authorities and pro-Russian separatists have escalated in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, says a United Nations monitors report. "Those with influence on the armed groups responsible for much of the violence in eastern Ukraine (must) do their utmost to rein in these men who seem bent on tearing the country apart," says Navi Pillay, UN human rights chief.
Migrants and aid agencies would benefit from using information and communications technologies to communicate with and track migrants, say ICT experts. The concept has been tested by the United Nations refugee agency to inform and track refugees.
The National Labor Relations Board has voted in favor of a new regulation allowing so-called "ambush elections" that lets employees to unionize more quickly despite a split 3-2 vote and significant opposition from Republicans and business groups. The policy, which was first adopted in 2011 before being struck down by a federal judge, "will make it virtually impossible for workers to make an informed decision in union elections," said House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.