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UN chief disappointed as Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclear non-proliferation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of Member States to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament, according to a United Nations spokesperson. ... Read More

Senior UN official voices deep concern about human rights challenges in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Concern about the shrinking of the democratic space in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, has stressed the importance of broadening the dialogue that has begun between the Government and... Read More

Senior UN official voices deep concern about human rights challenges in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Concern about the shrinking of the democratic space in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, has stressed the importance of broadening the dialogue that has begun between the Government and... Read More

Marking International Day, UN urges world to seek end of obstetric fistula 'in our lifetime'

Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth, affecting at least two million women and girls worldwide and leaving them isolated from communities, the United Nations spotlighted ahead of the International Day... Read More

Marking International Day, UN urges world to seek end of obstetric fistula ‘in our lifetime’

Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth, affecting at least two million women and girls worldwide and leaving them isolated from communities, the United Nations spotlighted ahead of the International Day... Read More

Adopting resolution, Security Council urges broader global cooperation to tackle illicit transfer of small arms

The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging stronger cooperation in stemming the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they caused to civilians. ... Read More

UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could ‘muzzle’ descent

Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression in Nauru, a United Nations expert on the issue today urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.... Read More

UN envoy continues Syria consultations, seeking views on launching political process

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has said today that consultations on the future of the country continued today, as he shared perspectives with several interested parties, according to a UN spokesperson. ... Read More

UN welcomes 200 people brought ashore but warns 3,500 more stranded in Southeast Asian waters

More than 200 people stranded off the Myanmar coast were brought to shore today, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to welcome the landing and appeal for the rescue of 3,500 others in distress at sea, saying “the priority is... Read More

Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’ – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United Nations. ... Read More

Iraq: as Ramadi fighting intensifies, UN food agency rushes supplies to thousands displaced

As tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting in the Ramadi district of Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food assistance there, a spokesperson confirmed in Geneva today, as she appealed for $108... Read More

Funding shortage forces UN agency to halt housing allowance for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

A $100 monthly housing stipend per family for Palestine refugees who have fled war-torn Syria for Lebanon will be suspended because of lack of funds, prompting the UN agency assisting those refugees in the Middle East to urgently appeal to... Read More

Yemen: UN rights office urges all parties to adhere to international law as civilian toll grows

As the number of civilian casualties in the Yemen conflict tops 1,000, the United Nations human rights office today urged all parties – coalition forces, the Yemeni armed forces, Houthis and other non-State armed groups – to adhere strictly to... Read More

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are preparing aid for some 11,000 people fleeing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and surrounding villages which have been overrun by militant forces this week. ... Read More

Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack on Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attack earlier today on a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. ... Read More

In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Viet Nam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Truong Tan Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping... Read More

As South Sudan fighting intensifies, UN rights chief warns of ‘persistent impunity’

The escalation of fighting in South Sudan has resulted in “alarming gross violations” of international human rights and humanitarian law as well as having exacted a terrible toll on the young nation’s civilian population, the United Nations human rights chief... Read More

Nepal: UN health agency marks one month since devastating earthquake as it ramps up aid

Nearly one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, flattening large swathes of the country’s Kathmandu valley and affecting millions of people, the United Nations health agency is continuing its emergency response aimed at saving lives and addressing the... Read More

Sustainable Energy for All 2015 – ‘Converting commitments to kilowatts ‘

More than a billion people—one in five globally—lack electricity to light their homes or conduct business, says the World Bank, in a recently-released report, and nearly three billion rely on dangerous, polluting fuels – like wood, charcoal and animal dung... Read More

UN refugee chief urges support for appeal to help displaced Burundians as cholera declared in camp

The United Nations refugee agency today led a call to provide protection and assistance for up to 200,000 Burundian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries amid ongoing political turmoil, violence and intimidation at home. ... Read More