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Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan

The Security Council on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel. ... Read More

Ban returns to airwaves in Central African Republic to call for end to fighting

On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a... Read More

Secretary-General welcomes initial talks in Geneva to defuse Ukraine crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation... Read More

Western Sahara: UN refugee agency announces resumption of family visit flights

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed. ... Read More

South Sudan: Ban ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state

Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed... Read More

UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities

Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today urged all the parties to return to the... Read More

On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade

On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed... Read More

Kenya: UN agency disturbed by arrests and deportations of Somali refugees

The United Nations today voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month. ... Read More

Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks ‘seriously destabilizing’ entire country – UN rights official

The ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, if not addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the rest of the country, a senior United Nations human rights official warned the Security Council today, as he also urged steps to... Read More

Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters.... Read More

DR Congo: UN official condemns attack on Virunga National Park director

A senior United Nations official today condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but... Read More

South Sudan: number of civilians protected at UN peacekeeping bases is ‘swelling’

Spiraling violence has forced an increasing number of civilians in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state are seeking refuge with the United Nations peacekeeping mission, it was confirmed today. ... Read More

UN and partners seek emergency funds to aid civilians fleeing Central African Republic

United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners today launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last... Read More

Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that... Read More

Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds

A United Nations human rights panel said today that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps... Read More

UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday, and called for their immediate and unconditional release. ... Read More

UNAIDS teams up with Brazilian footballer David Luiz ahead of World Cup

As the FIFA World Cup in Brazil draws closer, the United Nations agency leading the response to the AIDS epidemic today named the country’s football star David Luiz as a Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness about HIV and drive young... Read More

UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women

Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.... Read More

Security Council condemns abduction of Jordanian envoy in Libya, urges immediate release

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today’s attack in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver. ... Read More

UN launches book to guide everyone on their role in disarmament

“Your deeds will have an impact…be the new leaders of change,” United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book, Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! ... Read More