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Global tide of nuclear abolition has ebbed causing tensions among nations, Ban warns

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:43
Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is “one of the most crucial debates of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, emphasizing that the international tide of nuclear abolition – so strong in 2010 – has ebbed and mounting tensions between nuclear-armed States have produced a return to Cold War mind sets.

UN peacekeeping chief wraps up trip to Central African Republic as Mission reaches full operational capacity

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:34
The United Nations peacekeeping chief finished a four-day trip to the Central African Republic today, his visit to the country coinciding with the UN stabilization Mission there achieving full operational capability for the first time.

Yemen: UN warns of impact to relief efforts amid ongoing fighting across country

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:34
The continuing violence in Yemen has heavily impacted the country’s healthcare facilities and services further aggravating an already precarious humanitarian situation, the United Nations relief arm has warned.

Top UN official in South Sudan urges release of remaining child soldiers

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 20:41
The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town in the eastern part of the country, where she met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining children still being held by a militia group in the region.

Air pollution in Europe costs $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, UN study shows

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 20:37
The United Nations health agency reported today in first-of-its-kind study that air pollution across Europe is costing “a staggering” $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, which amounts to nearly one tenth of the region’s gross domestic product.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2016

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 19:08
The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara, known by the acronym MINURSO.

UN refugee agency assists hundreds of Libyans rescued at sea as Europe responds to migration crisis

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 19:01
The heads of United Nations agencies with a stake in the current crisis in the Mediterranean Sea have pledged to working closely with the European Union (EU) following its decision “to mobilize all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency.”

Burundi: Ban condemns election-related violence after President nominated as candidate

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:42
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today condemned the outbreak of violence in Burundi following the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party, and appealed to all Burundians to “safeguard the hard won gains” made in peace and democracy.

At Vatican meeting, UN chief and Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:29
During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff’s encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.

On World Day, UN labour agency urges culture of prevention on occupational safety and health

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:49
Member States must work harder to consolidate safety and health prevention measures in the workplace, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) declared today as he urged the global community to do its utmost in reducing the number of occupational deaths, injuries and diseases around the world.

Dip in Southern Africa’s maize harvest could push up prices and boost import needs, UN warns

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:44
Southern Africa’s maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 per cent, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Ban ‘deeply concerned’ over uptick in attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:00
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the recent spate of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers serving in Darfur as well as the &#8220limited cooperation&#8221 provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing the incidents, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.

UN allocates $15 million in emergency funds for Nepal earthquake response

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 05:00
In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance to people in desperate need.

Cyprus: UN envoy welcomes new Turkish Cypriot leader’s commitment to negotiations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:36
The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has spoken with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to the United Nations Good Offices Mission.

New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:33
As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”

Gaza: Security Council receives report of inquiry into incidents during 2014 conflict

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:01
In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his "profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Aboard Italian navy ship, Ban urges collective action to ease plight of migrants crossing Mediterranean

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:57
The Mediterranean Sea has sadly become “a sea of tears, a sea of misery,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today aboard an Italian naval ship, where he called on the global community to unite and take action to address the root causes of the migrant crisis.

New UN platform aims to bring pastoralists’ voices to global decision-making stage

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:55
Millions of pastoralists – from the Bedouin of North Africa to the Sherpa in Nepal and Navajo in North America – will benefit from a new online knowledge hub launched today by the United Nations that will help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their agricultural livelihoods.

Burundi: UN working to help relocate civilians fleeing election-related violence

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:51
Civil unrest erupted in Burundi this weekend after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election, the humanitarian wing of the United Nations reported today, appealing for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

At meeting on nuclear disarmament, UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ to Cold War mentalities

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:58
Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament.