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Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN officials urge continued investment in fight against the disease

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 22:21
Although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for malaria control and elimination targets remains essential for a post-2015 future, top United Nations officials declared today.

‘Callous’ EU politics on migrants costing lives, UN rights chief warns

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 21:30
Following the loss of some 700 lives after a boat carrying migrants capsized and sank over the weekend, the UN human rights chief has urged European Union (EU) governments to take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to coping with the flows of migrants towards Europe.

Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 20:48
The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

As Forum opens, deputy UN chief says 2015 a ‘critical year’ for world’s indigenous peoples

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 20:00
With the deadline of a post-2015 development agenda looming on the horizon, 2015 is set to be an important year for the security and prosperity of the world’s indigenous peoples, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson affirmed today in remarks delivered to the opening of the fourteenth session of the Organization’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

UN chief deplores ‘barbaric’ killing of Ethiopian nationals in Libya

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 19:36
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of a number of Ethiopian nationals in Libya by extremists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a United Nations spokesperson.

Renewed global development partnership vital to post-2015 agenda, Ban tells top finance institutions

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 18:37
Kicking off a high-level meeting with global financial institutions and development agencies at United Nations Headquarters this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments, the business sector and civil society to work closely together to push forward the post-2015 development agenda.

UN official stresses link between healthy soils, sustainable development as Global Soil Week starts

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 17:37
As Global Soil Week began in Berlin today, a United Nations agricultural agency official used his opening address to stress the significance of healthy soils to global food production and the importance of prioritizing soil health in public policy.

Vanuatu: UNICEF launches birth registration campaign as recovery from Cyclone Pam continues

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 05:00
Thousands of children affected by the devastation of last month’s Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are slated to receive new birth certificates through a United Nations-supported campaign, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

UN condemns ‘horrific’ attack that killed four UNICEF staff in Somalia

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations has strongly condemned this morning’s attack on a UN vehicle in north-eastern Somalia, which killed four UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) workers and seriously injured four others when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the minibus in which they were riding.

UN humanitarian agencies mobilize assistance amid renewed fighting in Iraq

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations’ humanitarian agencies are rushing support to thousands of Iraqis fleeing a flare-up in hostilities throughout the countrys Anbar Governate, the Organization confirmed today.

‘Make global goals a global reality’: UN chief urges climate action at Earth Day concert

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 05:00
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is &#8220no Plan B because there is no Planet B.&#8221

DOHA: UN conference ends with call for concrete action on crime prevention and criminal justice

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 05:00
As the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ground down to a close today in Doha, Qatar, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on Member States to implement the Doha Declaration and take definitive action on comprehensive crime prevention and criminal justice policies and strategies.

UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations for refugees following largest migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 05:00
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed shock and deep sadness at the news of the latest boat capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea in which hundreds of people are feared lost, adding that such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.

UN envoy condemns outbreak of violence in Libyan capital amid ongoing political talks

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:00
The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has strongly condemned the renewed outbreak of violence in the Libyan capital of Tripoli amid ongoing political dialogue aimed at resolving the crisis in the country.

In Washington, UN chief urges finance leaders to ‘plant seeds’ of post-2015 agenda

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:00
Financing will be key for the creation and unveiling of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as he stressed that 2015 marked a time of global action for people and the planet.

Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘brutal’ suicide attack in Jalalabad

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:00
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, has strongly condemned the “brutal” suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.

DOHA: At UN conference, UN agencies urge Member States to act on new standards for eliminating violence against children

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:00
United Nations officials gathered at the UN Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, have called on Member States to take action and implement the new international standards on the elimination of violence against children adopted late last year, stressing that such violence continues to have a devastating effect on children, families, and society as a whole.

UN envoy on Middle East peace welcomes release of Palestinian tax revenues

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities &#8211 a move in line with the Paris Protocol.

Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:33
This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.

Ban appoints new Director of UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:05
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Cindy Smith of the United States as Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.