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At UN-backed meeting, world’s least developed countries urge partnerships to boost productive capacity

With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to... Read More

Security Council concerned about illicit oil trade as revenue for terrorists in Iraq, Syria

Voicing grave concern over the reported access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Security Council today underscored that there should be... Read More

Myanmar: UN rights expert warns against backtracking on free expression, association

On the heels of a ten-day visit to Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country has urged authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years.... Read More

Security Council: Ban urged to streamline cooperation with African Union

With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be... Read More

Marking World Hepatitis Day, UN appeals for boost in global momentum to tackle disease

With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world’s most... Read More

Hailing recent roadmap, Security Council calls on Malian parties to advance peace efforts

The Security Council today commended the parties to the inter-Malian dialogue on the recent adoption of a roadmap and called on them to fully comply with their commitments, including by engaging in comprehensive peace talks. ... Read More

Eastern Ukraine: UN rights chief says downing of plane may be ‘war crime,’ urges probe

The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine may amount to a war crime, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today said today, releasing a new report that details a total breakdown of law and... Read More

Security Council, in emergency session, calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council today, meeting in an emergency session just after midnight, called for an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. ... Read More

Gaza: UN renews appeal for humanitarian ceasefire leading to political talks

Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations. ... Read More

Deploring attack on Afghan civilians, UN mission calls for prompt investigation

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned the killing on Friday of civilians in the western province of Ghor, and called for a prompt investigation into the crime. ... Read More

Arms race in Syria must be stopped to reduce civilian suffering, says head of UN panel

As ‘gross human rights violations’ continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe today implored Member States to stop supplying weapons to both sides. ... Read More

UN and partners urge humanitarian ceasefire, return to dialogue by Israelis, Palestinians

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners today called for a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire, as they continue their efforts to bring about an end to the bloodshed and destruction that is tearing apart the lives of so many civilians in... Read More

UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago. ... Read More

During Skype call, Ban voices gratitude for courageous efforts of UN staff in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke with United Nations staff in Gaza via Skype and thanked them for their courageous efforts amid the ongoing conflict, which has now displaced over 140,000 people in the area. ... Read More

Impact of Iraq conflict on minorities ‘devastating and irreversible’ – UN rights experts

Two United Nations human rights experts warned today that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the “devastating and irreversible” brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country. ... Read More

UN agency hails Suriname for eliminating gender discrimination in nationality laws

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a recent decision taken by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children. ... Read More

UN agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region

Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region. ... Read More

UN chief welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at inter-Malian peace talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace talks, while voicing his deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali. ... Read More

UN agency urges Europe to act to stop rising refugee, migrant deaths at sea

In the wake of recent tragedies, the United Nations refugee agency today called on European countries to take urgent action to stop the rising number of deaths among refugees and migrants attempting to reach the continent by sea. ... Read More

Senior UN officials welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire

Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and highlighted the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts. ... Read More