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In Iraq, UN reports insecurity and violence taking ‘terrible toll’ on civilians from all communities

lun, 01/06/2015 - 23:55
At least 1,031 Iraqis were killed in May 2015 and another 1,684 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which said the actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) were to blame for the growing number of casualties.

At Geneva jobs summit, UN labour chief urges a global debate on the future of work

lun, 01/06/2015 - 23:06
Addressing some 4,000 government, worker and employer representatives, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) called for a global debate on the future of work at the 104th International Labour Conference in Geneva today.

As UN marks Buddhist holiday, Ban pays tribute to the victims of Nepal earthquake

lun, 01/06/2015 - 20:31
On the Day of Vesak, which acknowledges the contribution of Buddhism to the spirituality of humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is paying special tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal over a month ago.

At first-ever conference, UN takes aim at cyber-threats against nuclear safety

lun, 01/06/2015 - 20:23
The international community must intensify efforts to protect the world’s nuclear facilities from cyberattacks, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog declared today as he opened the Organization’s first-ever conference on the issue at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna.

‘Give young people decent jobs and they will create a better future’ – UN chief

lun, 01/06/2015 - 19:49
When young people have decent jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle and real influence in the world, they will create a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he kicked off a Headquarters event on empowering youth through employment.

‘Persistent and grave’ human rights violations in eastern Ukraine – UN report

lun, 01/06/2015 - 18:56
Serious human rights violations and abuses persist in eastern Ukraine, including shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and accountability, as well as deprivation of economic and social rights, deeply affecting the 5 million people living in the conflict-affected areas, a new United Nations report said today.

In Nepal, UN rushes to replace quake-damaged healthcare facilities ahead of monsoon

lun, 01/06/2015 - 07:00
The United Nations health agency is racing critical medical supplies to fourteen of Nepal&#39s most earthquake-affected districts in an effort to restore health services before the onset of monsoon season.

Amid reports of fighting, UN ship with vital food aid for Yemen diverted from Aden

lun, 01/06/2015 - 07:00
A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship carrying vital food assistance destined for the Yemeni port of Aden was diverted yesterday to the port of Hudaydah following reports of ongoing fighting and security threats.

Syria: UN envoy condemns death of at least 70 civilians in Aleppo

dim, 31/05/2015 - 07:00
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly condemned the death of at least 70 civilians in Syria&#39s northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters.

On World No Tobacco Day, UN launches fight against illicit tobacco trade to save lives

dim, 31/05/2015 - 07:00
The elimination of the world&#39s illicit tobacco trade will not only save millions of lives but also generate billions of dollars in windfall for governments, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today as it marked the 2015 edition of World No Tobacco Day.

UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic

dim, 31/05/2015 - 07:00
The United Nations human rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have committed very serious violations, including killing of civilians and sexual exploitation of local women.

In Burundi, UN Special Adviser urges all parties to engage in talks to calm tensions

dim, 31/05/2015 - 07:00
At the conclusion of his two-day visit to Burundi, Adama Dieng, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, warned of increased tensions and the risk of further violence, unless all parties engage in open dialogue to resolve the crisis and calm tensions.

UN agency welcomes Southeast Asia region’s proposals to address plight of refugees and migrants at sea

sam, 30/05/2015 - 01:12
The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the positive outcomes of a regional meeting in Thailand to resolve the advancing solutions to refugees and migrants stranded in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

UN envoy urges restraint among all Burundian parties; heads to region for weekend summit on crisis

sam, 30/05/2015 - 00:05
The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

Inclusion and active involvement of youth vital to success of UN sustainability agenda – Ban

ven, 29/05/2015 - 22:07
The United Nations General Assembly today commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth with an acknowledgement that young people have been “disproportionately” affected by many global challenges but “are ready and willing to be actively involved in shaping their future.”

Libya: UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed within four weeks

ven, 29/05/2015 - 21:30
Libya is on the verge of economic collapse amid ongoing violence, political infighting and efforts by terrorists to “build strong bases” throughout the country, the envoy facilitating the United Nations efforts to restore peace there said as he briefed journalists on meetings held in Brussels discussing the situation in the North African country and efforts towards a political transition.

At debate, UN and Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters

ven, 29/05/2015 - 21:23
The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world&#39s conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community&#39s bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the Security Council renewed its resolve in addressing this growing threat to international peace and security.

UN rights office welcomes Nebraska as latest US state to abolish death penalty

ven, 29/05/2015 - 20:18
Welcoming Nebraska as the nineteenth state in the United States to abolish the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Federal Government to engage with those states retaining the policy towards achieving a nationwide moratorium as a first step to abolition.

Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, UN agency aims to assist thousands newly displaced by violence

ven, 29/05/2015 - 19:49
Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said today, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid.

UN honours fallen peacekeepers; looks to past, present and future of ‘invaluable’ operations

ven, 29/05/2015 - 19:30
On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the “invaluable contribution” of peacekeeping to the history of the Organization and reaffirmed his commitment to improving the effectiveness of ‘blue helmets’ in the coming years.