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In Guinea, as Ebola spread slows, Ban pledges UN support towards total eradication

Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands... Read More

On International Day, Ban urges human solidarity to build new sustainability agenda

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked Human Solidarity Day today by calling for joint action to craft and take forward a new, inlcusive development agenda that eradicates poverty, protects the planet and ensures dignity for all. ... Read More

‘Suffering an enormous human cost’, civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014 ¬– UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission... Read More

Central African Republic: Security Council appeals to armed groups to lay down arms

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent resurgence of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and reiterated its appeal to all parties to the conflict to “immediately and permanently” lay down their arms, release all children... Read More

Adopting resolution, Security Council urges fight against nexus of transnational crime, terrorism

Amid a proliferation of well-funded and well-organized transnational criminal activities in Africa, the Middle East and beyond, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution spotlighting its concern over the ties between cross-border crime and terrorism and called on... Read More

‘Extremely serious’ situation for over a million children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine – UN

In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.... Read More

Ban visits Ebola-hit West Africa, declares zero cases “must be everyone’s goal”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened... Read More

DR Congo: Amid spike in violence, UN refugee agency concerned about humanitarian situation

Continuing violence and multiple attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have sown widespread fear and sparked displacement of thousands of people, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today, amid appeals for humanitarian access to help... Read More

Cambodia: ‘Substantial grounds’ to believe Montagnards may be in danger, UN warns

The United Nations agencies responsible for human rights and refugees are voicing concern today over the health and well-being of 13 Vietnamese Montagnards who have been hiding in the Cambodian jungle for more than seven weeks with no access to... Read More

South Sudan: UN investigation uncovers targeting of civilians, abductions, sexual violence

In a report issued today, the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said there is reason to believe that at least 11 civilians were killed and several other serious rights abuses were committed... Read More

General Assembly decides to refer UN report on human rights in DPR Korea to Security Council

Condemning “ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution today by which it would transmit a UN-backed report probing such violations to the... Read More

Ebola: ‘Regrettable loss’ caused by warehouse fire in Guinea

A fire engulfed a United Nations warehouse in Guinea today that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but “a regrettable loss” in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace.... Read More

UN envoy condemns latest spate of attacks in Nigeria

The United Nations’ top official in West Africa has strongly condemned a series of attacks in north-eastern Nigeria which reportedly left over 30 people dead and resulted in the abduction of some 200 others. ... Read More

Amid heightened tensions, Security Council extends UN mission in Golan

The United Nations Security Council this morning extended the mandate of its mission in the Golan until 30 June 2015, as it condemned recent fighting in the area and stressed that both Israel and Syria must “scrupulously” abide by the... Read More

UN expert group on arbitrary detention welcomes the release of detainees in Cuba, US

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention today welcomed the recent release of a number of detainees in Cuba and the United States, some of whose cases have been followed by the expert group. ... Read More

World wood production up for fourth year; paper stagnant as electronic publishing grows – UN report

Continuing steady growth in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, global wood production has fully recovered from the economic downturn of 2008-2009, though production of pulp and paper stagnated largely due to a decline in consumption in China, data released... Read More

Afghanistan: UN officials urge reforms, fight against drug trade to ensure country’s security

As Afghanistan builds upon recent political developments, including the formation of a unity government, the country’s authorities and the international community must not ignore the immense challenges that lie ahead, from simmering insecurity to an escalating drug crisis, two senior... Read More

Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths

Asia and the Pacific is the world’s most natural disaster-prone area and accounts for more than 60 per cent of the world’s hungry people, but continues to drive the global economic recovery, according to the United Nations Statistical Yearbook for... Read More

UN rights chief welcomes conviction of Congolese army officer for crimes against humanity

The top United Nations official on human rights issues has welcomed the recent conviction and sentencing of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, adding that the move would help garner... Read More

On International Day, UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants

Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said today in a message to mark International Migrants Day. ... Read More