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UN chief marks anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, reiterates UN commitment to those affected

In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their... Read More

Marking anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Secretary-General reiterates UN's commitment to those affected

In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their... Read More

UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake

The United Nations relief wing said today that at least 2,200 people have died and over 5,800 are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. ... Read More

Ban marks anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, reiterates UN commitment to those affected

In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their... Read More

UN chief welcomes progress in fight against malaria, calls for more work to continue momentum

In a message to mark World Malaria Day today, the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the UN health agency reported... Read More

Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country today. ... Read More

Welcoming Myanmar’s visible strides, Ban says ‘much more hard work lies ahead’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, convening a meeting on Myanmar today, welcomed the positive direction of its reform process as it continues on its “path of historic transition”, but emphasized that more work remains to be done to address the country’s myriad... Read More

On eve of Togo national election, Ban calls for calm and transparency

On the eve of the presidential election in Togo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all national stakeholders to recommit themselves to ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner and reflects the... Read More

UN resumes vaccination drive for three million children in West Africa

For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect three million children against... Read More

Ban appoints new deputy head of humanitarian operations in Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said today. ... Read More

UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for... Read More

Amid rising death toll in Yemen, UN urges humanitarian access, respect for international law

The United Nations human rights office said today that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children. ... Read More

Libya: UN condemns ‘horrific’ week of human rights violations amid county’s rising violence

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today condemned the “successive horrific incidents” in Libya this past week – ranging from the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean of those escaping violence, the execution... Read More

UN rights chief urges UK to curb tabloid hate speech, end ‘decades of abuse’ targeting migrants

After decades of “sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse,” and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants ‘cockroaches,’ the United Nations human rights chief today urged British authorities and media to take steps to curb... Read More

UN mission peacekeepers repel two attacks in South Darfur

Peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) have repelled two attacks by unidentified armed men in Kass, 85 kilometers north-west of Nyala, South Darfur. ... Read More

During Azerbaijan visit, UN experts welcome 'unhindered access' to places of detention

A United Nations human rights body has welcomed the decision by the Government of Azerbaijan to allow it “unhindered access” to places of detention across the Central Asian country while also urging authorities to do more to protect the rights... Read More

In Morocco, UN-backed forum highlights role of religious leaders in preventing atrocities

At a forum on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement to violence and atrocities, which opened today in Fez, Morocco, a senior UN rights official stressed the importance of religious leaders worldwide in the prevention, mitigation and resolution... Read More

UN Assembly President urges collective action to end intolerance, promote reconciliation

On the heels of a two-day United Nations High-Level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, President of General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has called for the defeat of obscurantism and urged faith leaders... Read More

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN urges increased opportunity in information and communications technology

Aiming to attract women to fields “where strong demand is creating global skills shortfall,” the tech community is gearing up to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ around the world. ... Read More

UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria

United Nations relief workers today provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs... Read More