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Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with &#39bold response&#39 &#8211 UN relief officials

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 20:11
The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the &#8220numbness to the senseless violence&#8221, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.

Mediterranean crisis: UN welcomes EU measures on migrants, urges more comprehensive action

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:11
The United Nations refugee agency welcomed the European Union&#39s (EU) mobilization of resources in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, while also urging increased efforts aimed at saving lives and integrating asylum seekers in accordance with human rights.

Libya: UN condemns ‘horrific’ week of human rights violations amid county’s rising violence

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:47
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today condemned the “successive horrific incidents” in Libya this past week – ranging from the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean of those escaping violence, the execution of Christians and the killings of several members of a prominent family by the so-called ‘Islamic State in Libya.’

UN rights chief urges UK to curb tabloid hate speech, end ‘decades of abuse’ targeting migrants

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:39
After decades of “sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse,” and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants ‘cockroaches,’ the United Nations human rights chief today urged British authorities and media to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by tabloid newspapers, in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law.

During Azerbaijan visit, UN experts welcome &#39unhindered access&#39 to places of detention

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:11
A United Nations human rights body has welcomed the decision by the Government of Azerbaijan to allow it &#8220unhindered access&#8221 to places of detention across the Central Asian country while also urging authorities to do more to protect the rights of people in custody.

UN mission peacekeepers repel two attacks in South Darfur

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:11
Peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) have repelled two attacks by unidentified armed men in Kass, 85 kilometres north-west of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur.

In Morocco, UN-backed forum highlights role of religious leaders in preventing atrocities

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 23:23
At a forum on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement to violence and atrocities, which opened today in Fez, Morocco, a senior UN rights official stressed the importance of religious leaders worldwide in the prevention, mitigation and resolution of conflicts.

UN Assembly President urges collective action to end intolerance, promote reconciliation

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:48
On the heels of a two-day United Nations High-Level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, President of General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has called for the defeat of obscurantism and urged faith leaders around the world to denounce those who preach intolerance in the name of religion.

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN urges increased opportunity in information and communications technology

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:20
Aiming to attract women to fields “where strong demand is creating global skills shortfall,” the tech community is gearing up to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ around the world.

UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:16
United Nations relief workers today provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians are left unmet.

Fight against malaria must be taken to ‘next level’, UN agency urges ahead of World Day

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:18
The fight against malaria must be taken to the “next level” in order for the disease to be successfully eliminated, the United Nations health agency said today amid calls for the international community to urgently address the gaps in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Ebola: UN launches push to engage more women, community leaders in fight against disease

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 21:15
With fresh statistics on the Ebola outbreak reflecting a halt in the decline in West Africa, the United Nations today began a campaign to engage more women – who have been disproportionately affected by the disease – as well as local traditional healers, to encourage communities to become more involved to bring down infection rates to zero.

Eight months after Gaza war, ‘not a single home has been rebuilt’ – UN agency

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:27
Nearly eight months after the ceasefire that ended the most recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in the enclave, according to the United Nations agency mandated with ensuring the well-being of Palestine refugees.

Hostile parties in South Sudan’s Malakal urged to respect UN personnel and property

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:24
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today expressed deep regret at the continuation of hostilities in the Upper Nile state capital of Malakal, and the resulting civilian displacement.

UN urges Europe to ‘put human life, rights and dignity first’ in response to Mediterranean crisis

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 19:16
The most senior United Nations officials dealing respectively with refugees, human rights, and migration and development, have appealed strongly to European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first when agreeing today a common response to what they called the “tragedy of epic proportions” unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea, where some 1,600 people have died this year trying to flee their strife-torn homelands.

‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 18:40
Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.

Conflict taking ‘immense’ toll on Yemen civilians, UN relief official warns

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:38
Escalating conflict in Yemen over the past month has worsened the already large-scale humanitarian crisis, the top United Nations relief official for the country said today, warning that the upsurge in violence has further deepened the hardships faced by ordinary Yemenis.

On World Book Day, UN hails reading and writing as pillars of sustainable societies

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:40
As global symbols of social progress, books have always been targets for those who reject freedom and tolerance, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education said today on World Book and Copyright Day, calling the occasion an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change lives for the better.

Ban condemns deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:32
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks.

UN health agency reports deaths top 1,000 in Yemen, hospitals risk shutdowns amid hostilities

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:29
As the United Nations humanitarian wing appealed for “any initiative that can reduce the violence” in Yemen, the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the country reported that the death toll from the fighting topped 1,000 over the past month and warned that main hospitals face shutting down because of critical shortages of power, lack of fuel and oxygen.