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Briefing General Assembly, UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption

The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is “as great as it ever has been,” a United Nations human rights expert said today as he urged Member States... Read More

South Sudan: UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict,... Read More

DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer

Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can “only be harmful for the country’s... Read More

As Ebola reponse accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial vaccines

Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as... Read More

As Ebola reponse accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial vaccines

Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as... Read More

General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015. ... Read More

‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban

On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the... Read More

Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane

Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a... Read More

Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing fighting in besieged Kobane

Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a... Read More

UN humanitarian chief urges ongoing assistance, political solution for war-torn Syria

Spotlighting the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as the Turkish Government’s efforts to meet the needs of an influx of an estimated 1.5 million people, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos today urged the world to “remember... Read More

Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says UN health agency

The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” and save millions of lives, the... Read More

Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba

Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways... Read More

In Detroit, city-backed water shut-offs ‘contrary to human rights,’ say UN experts

The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic... Read More

Community, religious leaders must condemn ISIL ‘atrocities’ – UN rights official

Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and “dramatic” human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Šimonović, as he concluded his week-long mission... Read More

Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union troops in Hiiraan region

The UN envoy for Somalia condemned today an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East... Read More

South Sudan at ‘crossroads’ as it seeks to combat sexual violence, says UN official

Sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has declared, while affirming that the widespread use of rape... Read More

‘Science must have a place at the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special UN meeting

Science, technology and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care and peace and security, eminent scientists and world leaders said, marking today at United Nations Headquarters... Read More

‘Science must have a place the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special UN meeting

Science, technology and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care and peace and security, eminent scientists and world leaders said, marking today at United Nations Headquarters... Read More

‘Science must have a place the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special UN meeting

Science, technology and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care and peace and security, eminent scientists and world leaders said, marking today at United Nations Headquarters... Read More

In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes

Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said today. ... Read More