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Ban calls for postponement of Yemen consultations, urges ‘soonest possible’ return to dialogue

mar, 26/05/2015 - 23:28
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.

UN rights chief spotlights Burundi, migrant crises in Europe and Asia, other pressing issues

mar, 26/05/2015 - 22:48
The top United Nations human rights official drew attention to several issues of concern today in an informal address to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council from the eruption of violence in Burundi and the overflowing migrant dilemmas in the Mediterranean and South-East Asia, to the protracted and worsening conflict in South Sudan.

Some 500,000 homes and temples across Nepal damaged by earthquake, UN official says

mar, 26/05/2015 - 22:40
As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, a senior United Nations development official today drew attention to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction needs of more than 500,000 homes and cultural heritage sites in the rural areas.

Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia until August

mar, 26/05/2015 - 21:28
The Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security.

Nigeria: UN warns of ‘alarming’ spike in suicide attacks by women and girls

mar, 26/05/2015 - 21:25
Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned today, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.

UN South Sudan envoy describes ‘great challenge’ of protecting civilians on visit to renovated camp

mar, 26/05/2015 - 20:29
Travelling around South Sudan to see efforts made by the United Nations to protect civilians in the country, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who also heads the UN Mission (UNMISS), visited Bentiu in Unity state this weekend.

UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:37
Amid a range of structural challenges, including high unemployment and poverty, Serbia is now also facing a housing crisis which demands an immediate Government response, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.

Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest crops, get it to those in need – UN

mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:03
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need.

Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’ on migration and refugees

mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:42
As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges.

Tanzania cholera epidemic improving but &#39significant challenges&#39 still remain - UN

mar, 26/05/2015 - 07:00
United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania&#39s Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization&#39s refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today amid a tapering off in the number of reported deaths among both Burundian refugees and locals.

Nepal: with monsoon season nearing, UN races humanitarian relief to quake-affected communities

lun, 25/05/2015 - 07:00
Marking one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing thousands and devastating large swathes of the country&#39s Kathmandu valley, the United Nations relief arm is continuing to intensify its humanitarian operations as it supports national and local authorities with critical life-saving efforts.

At UN meteorological forum, experts meet to discuss post-2015 action plan, climate change

lun, 25/05/2015 - 07:00
With a welcoming &#39tweet&#39 from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon&#39s renewed appeal for &#8220bold climate action,&#8221 the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming.

Concluding Ireland visit, UN chief tells refugee community world must provide &#39safe avenues of migration&#39

lun, 25/05/2015 - 07:00
The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees.

Lebanon: as security challenges grow, top UN official in country urges end to political vacuum

lun, 25/05/2015 - 07:00
The vacuum in the post of Lebanon&#39s presidency has undermined the country&#39s ability to address a range of growing security, economic and social challenges, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, warned today.

On Africa Day, UN chief spotlights continents&#39 achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015

lun, 25/05/2015 - 07:00
Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent&#39s achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the courage and determination it took to make remarkable progress to end the Ebola outbreak and urging leaders to commit to ending violence against women and empower them.

In Ireland, UN&#39s Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

dim, 24/05/2015 - 07:00
Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights challenges, the international community is enduring a &#8220time of test&#8221 which demands strong global cooperation and bold action, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed.

Top UN official in South Sudan urges accountability for human rights violations

dim, 24/05/2015 - 07:00
The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has urged accountability and justice for those responsible for gross human rights violations committed as a result of South Sudan&#39s continuing fighting.

Somalia: UN official condemns killing of parliamentarian, reiterates support for political process

dim, 24/05/2015 - 07:00
The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned a deadly attack against two Somali Members of Parliament (MP) and reiterated the Organization&#39s support for the country&#39s democratic process.

Burundi: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician as tensions in country rise

dim, 24/05/2015 - 07:00
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis.

Libya: UN condemns string of suicide attacks, urges continued political dialogue

sam, 23/05/2015 - 07:00
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a spate of suicide bombings committed by Islamist terrorists in what it says is a blatant effort to undermine the country&#39s ongoing political dialogue.