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Ahead of World Immunization Week, UN warns global vaccination targets ‘far off track’

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:20
The United Nations World Health Organization today warned that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is “far off track,” with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.

‘The power to change begins with you,’ says Ban, urging sustainable choices on Mother Earth Day

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:20
Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said today urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being it sustains.

UN food relief agency ‘extremely worried’ about missing staff in volatile South Sudan

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 18:10
The World Food Programme today drew attention to the disappearance of three of its staff members who went missing earlier this month when fighting reportedly erupted along their food distribution route in volatile Malakal South Sudan, where more than 2 million people are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

Warning of &#39empathy gap,&#39 Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 17:14
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an &#8220empathy gap&#8221 is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.

Libya: UN official condemns terrorist attack on Spanish embassy

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:00
The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has strongly condemned the latest terrorist attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in which the Spanish Embassy was targeted.

In Bogotá, UN deputy rights chief says ‘peace is the only option’ for Colombia

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:47
The road to peace is a complex and winding one, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said today during her visit to Colombia, a country with a “unique opportunity to evolve into a society” where everyone enjoys rights equally and without discrimination.

Wanted: young speaker to address UN General Assembly session on climate change

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:42
Are you or do you know a young person from a developing country with an inspiring story about climate action? If so, the United Nations wants to hear from you.

UN partnership puts marmalade from Ethiopian village on ‘Eataly’ store shelves

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 22:38
Who could have imagined that a small group of women farmers from a remote village could get their marmalade made from prickly cactus pears to a major European market like Eataly in Rome?

In phone call, Ban and Ukraine President discuss peace efforts amid ongoing conflict

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:44
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and continuing international efforts to mediate a peace in the war-torn region, a United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.

‘Respect for UN flag disappearing,’ UN relief chief warns as aid workers increasingly targeted for violence

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:39
Yesterday’s “horrific” attack on the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff in Somalia is a reminder of the dangers many aid workers face on a daily basis, the top UN humanitarian official said today, urging that those who perpetrated the attacks be held accountable.

Ban urges ridding the world of chemical weapons ‘once and for all’ on 100th anniversary of their first use

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:13
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reminded the international community on the anniversary of the first use of chemical weapons in a Belgian battlefield 100 years ago today and amid allegations of their continued use, the only fitting tribute is to rid the world of these indiscriminate arms “once and for all.”

UN rights official cites Afghanistan’s ‘paradox’ of new opportunities for peace amid growing violence

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:28
At the end of a seven-day mission to Afghanistan, a senior United Nations’ human rights official today described the “paradoxical situation” in which the country finds itself.

Yemen: UN agency warns of deteriorating health situation amid ongoing fighting

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:20
The health situation in Yemen is steadily deteriorating as escalating hostilities impede civilian access to critical health services, according to a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Displaced Iraqis face mounting difficulties as fighting continues between Government forces and ISIL

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:15
The United Nations refugee agency today warned about the difficulties facing thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing violence, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.

At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:14
Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community &#8220in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve&#8221 against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.

UN rights experts welcome Pakistan Supreme Court decision to suspend death penalty

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:19
A group of United Nations independent experts today welcomed a recent decision made by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to suspend death sentences imposed by military courts.

At Security Council, UN chief urges return to two-State negotiations for Israel and Palestine

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:58
The prospects of a two-State solution in the Middle East are getting dimmer with potentially explosive consequences for the entire region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he urged the international community to boost efforts at bringing both Israeli and Palestinian delegations back to the negotiating table.

‘Swift, courageous’ action needed to stem tide of illegal migration – UNICEF

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.

Ban urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 23:14
Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General today stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people.

UN Member States, faith leaders set for talks in New York on tolerance and fostering peace

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 22:38
The United Nations is set to host at its New York Headquarters a meeting bringing together the Organization&#39s Member States with faith leaders to discuss ways to promote tolerance and reconciliation, as well as to address the challenges of countering radicalization and extremism.