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UN envoy on Yemen presses on towards political solution with meetings in Cairo

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen met with officials in Cairo as part of the ongoing efforts to reach a political solution to a conflict that has led to just over 1,900 civilian deaths since fighting erupted in March... Read More

Cyclone Komen further burdens thousands of displaced people in western Myanmar – UN agencies

Sweeping across western Myanmar last week, Cyclone Komen has caused extensive damage in the region, hampering assessment and relief efforts, including to areas where thousands of displaced people are living, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. ... Read More

Burundi: UN condemns assassination attempt on leading human rights defender

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights office have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender who was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital on Monday. ... Read More

Iraq: UN officials underscore need to bring perpetrators of Sinjar tragedy to justice

United Nations officials have reiterated the need to bring perpetrators of last year’s tragedy, in which militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked as many as 200,000 civilians – most of them from vulnerable communities... Read More

Central African Republic: Security Council condemns attacks that killed peacekeeper

The members of the Security Council condemned today in the strongest terms the attacks against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which were perpetrated on Sunday in Bangui and resulted... Read More

UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by President Obama

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. ... Read More

Member States lauded for reaching agreement on new UN sustainable development agenda

Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. ... Read More

UN marks World Breastfeeding Week with call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers

United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Week by highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies. ... Read More

Ban greatly concerned over ongoing deterioration of security in post-election Burundi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over the situation in Burundi, where the security situation continues to worsen following the recent elections, and strongly condemned the assassination yesterday of General Adolphe Nshimirimana. ... Read More

UN-backed international forum delivers roadmap for Somalia’s future

The United Nations and its partners have welcomed the significant commitments made at a recent high-level forum in Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation, including the holding of inclusive elections. ... Read More

INTERVIEW: THE TOUGHEST SPOKESPERSON’S JOB IN THE WORLD? A DECADE SPEAKING OUT FOR PALESTINIAN HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade. ... Read More

‘Catastrophic’ floods in Myanmar hit the most vulnerable, including children – UN agencies

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement today on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.... Read More

'Catastrophic' floods in Myanmar hit the most vulnerable, including children – UN agencies

Myanmar suffers heavy rain, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damages in different parts of the country, warn United Nations agencies. ... Read More

UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the killing of a peacekeeper from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). ... Read More

Ban hails UN Member States' agreement on 'people agenda' to end poverty, promote sustainability

The top United Nations official hailed today the UN General Assembly for achieving agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted late September by world leaders in New York. ... Read More

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner

The top UN children's representative in Myanmar reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains... Read More

UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, travelled yesterday to Myanmar’s Kachin state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a number of women, told her their stories. ... Read More

Ebola: UN emergency response mission winds down as WHO announces possible ‘game changer’ vaccine

Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO),... Read More

In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according... Read More

In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according... Read More