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UN chief demands immediate release of seized Fijian peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday again called for the release of 44 Fijian peacekeepers seized in the Golan. ... Read More

Trapped Filipino peacekeepers relocated to safe area in the Golan – UN

The United Nations said on Sunday that all 72 Filipino peacekeepers formerly surrounded by armed elements in two different locations in the Golan are now safe. ... Read More

SAMOA: Tsunami-hit community honours Ban with 'chief' title

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago. ... Read More

Ban voices concern about reported military takeover in Lesotho

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully. ... Read More

UN peacekeepers in the Golan come under renewed attack

The United Nations said its peacekeepers in the Golan were attacked by armed elements on Saturday, as efforts continue to achieve the safe release of 44 blue helmets detained on Thursday. ... Read More

Enforced disappearances cannot be tolerated in 21st century, Ban says on International Day

Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this “abhorrent” practice. ... Read More

Business execs build partnerships with small islands at UN forum

Small island developing states offer opportunities for genuine and sustainable business partnerships, said executives and officials participating in a United Nations co-hosted private sector forum in Samoa. ... Read More

Shaping future development agenda seen by UN-NGO forum as ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

A United Nations conference focusing on the role of civil society in shaping the global development agenda beyond 2015 concluded in New York today with a declaration that will serve as an “Action Agenda” in the lead-up to negotiations on... Read More

Kosovo: citing recent unrest, UN envoy urges close vigilance to safeguard achievements

The United Nations envoy for Kosovo today said that while great strides have been made since last year toward normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, close vigilance remains essential to safeguard achievements and continue dialogue. ... Read More

Amid growing attacks, Security Council urges greater protection for aid workers

Against the backdrop of increasing threats to aid workers, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling for accountability for attacks and urging all parties to conflict to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian actors. ... Read More

Data revolution advisory group named by UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development to provide him with inputs to shape “an ambitious and achievable vision” for a future development agenda beyond 2015 to succeed the United Nations... Read More

Security Council condemns actions of Houthi militants to derail Yemen’s transition

The Security Council today voiced grave concern about the recent deterioration of the security situation in Yemen, condemning the actions of the Houthis, including their escalating campaign to bring down the Government and undermine the country’s political transition. ... Read More

UN health agency identifies countries at risk for spread of Ebola

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has identified six countries at risk for spread of the Ebola virus disease, adding that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place. ... Read More

On International Day, UN chief urges renewed commitment to world free of nuclear weapons

Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests. ... Read More

UN officials hail role of cultural, religious dialogue in advancing peace, development

United Nations officials today highlighted the important role played by the initiative known as the Alliance of Civilizations in building bridges to peace, especially amid the current instability in many parts of the world, as they kicked off a global... Read More

Number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million as insecurity grows – UN agency

Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country today, the UN refugee agency reported, amid accounts of increasingly horrifying conditions inside their homeland – cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are... Read More

SAMOA: From weeds to electricity, UN partnership aims to connect families to electric grid

A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the... Read More

Ukraine: UN report shows rising civilian deaths, ongoing rights abuses

Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, says a new report... Read More

SAMOA: From weeds to electricity, UN partnership aims to connect families to electric grid

A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the... Read More

SAMOA: From weeds to electricity, UN partnership aims to connect families to electric grid

A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the... Read More