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Accurate and timely data vital to post-2015 agenda, says UN Assembly President

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:48
At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.

Public, private sectors essential for progress on climate change, says UN chief

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:30
United Nations Secretary-General, in his remarks to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting on climate change in Washington D.C., said that collaboration and bold leadership from both the private and public sectors is needed to progress on climate change at this &#8220enormous opportunity to chart a new path.&#8221

Syria: UN agency appeals for $30 million to help besieged civilians in Yarmouk camp

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:00
The United Nations agency tasked with the ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees is appealing for $30 million to carry out life-sustaining assistance to 18,000 civilians from besieged Yarmouk refugee camp, including 3,500 children.

Top UN officials condemn murders of politician, journalist in Ukraine

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:52
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced serious concern over recent reports regarding the killing of prominent political and media figures in Ukraine.

Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:43
The United Nations refugee agency has today welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of six people in the past three weeks in South Africa.

Last mile of Ebola struggle &#39may be most difficult,&#39 Ban says in Washington

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:30
While there has been important progress over recent months, the Ebola epidemic remains a pressing challenge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that on the road to eradicating the scourge the &#8220last mile&#8221 may be the toughest.

UNICEF urges Australia, Cambodia to protect rights of child refugees in Nauru

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:57
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) raised concerns today regarding reported decisions by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement.

Burundi: UN refugee agency warns surge in people fleeing pre-election violence

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:47
The number of Burundians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries has surged in recent weeks following an uptick in pre-election violence and intimidation throughout the African nation, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

DOHA: UN conference weighs efforts to combat cybercrime, create safer digital world

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:16
Efforts to tame the fast-growing cybercrime threat took centre stage at the United Nations Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, as a diverse group of experts in the field urged strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to create a safer digital landscape.

UN mission condemns ‘murderous’ attack on civilians in north-eastern DR Congo town

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:33
The head of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on civilians in North Kivu province and expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.

‘Dire’ human rights situation in Ukraine likely to deteriorate further – UN

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:28
The United Nations human rights office said today that it is increasingly worried that the dire situation in parts of the east of Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further due to breaches of the ceasefire and violations of the Minsk Agreement.

As Yemen fighting surges, UN humanitarian arm issues urgent appeal for country’s civilians

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for over two hundred million dollars to help Yemen’s civilians with critical aid amid the country’s intensifying conflict, the Organization’s humanitarian wing confirmed today.

‘Clear and critical’ need for sustainable energy targets in post-2015 agenda, UN deputy chief says

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:45
The centrality of energy in a new global development agenda is clear and critical, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he delivered the opening remarks to a briefing for Member States on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).

Syria: UN agency continues to seek unhindered access to besieged Yarmouk camp

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:41
While ramping up assistance to Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians that have fled a besieged camp on the southern edge of Damascus, the United Nations agency tasked with aiding Palestinians throughout the region said today that it is still seeking unhindered access to Yarmouk camp itself where thousands remain trapped by fighting among armed groups.

‘Dramatic’ progress in fighting Ebola must be followed by long-term recovery efforts

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:26
Intense efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected West African countries in will continue, the United Nations health chief said in Washington, DC today, adding that the international community is also looking for ways to build on dramatic recent progress by aiding with efforts aimed at recovery from the outbreak.

UN urges ‘clear commitment’ by States to save lives following latest Mediterranean tragedy

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:43
The European Union must intensify its efforts in placing the rights of migrants at the centre of its migration policies, a United Nations human rights committee affirmed today following the latest maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea which may have claimed hundreds of lives.

DOHA: At Crime Congress, UN spotlights ‘epidemic’ of prison overcrowding

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:09
With over 10 million people in prisons worldwide, prison overcrowding has reached epidemic proportions in many countries, a senior official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

In Washington, UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:30
During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in &#8220in flames&#8221 and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.

DOHA: UN anti-crime meeting highlights measures to curb illicit trade in cultural property

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:24
Weighing in on the vital importance of the world’s cultural artifacts and the illegal trade that endangers them, experts at an event held at the United Nations Crime Congress, under way in Doha, Qatar, urged Member States to use the existing legal instruments to fight this crime and stressed the importance of raising awareness.

As Yemen crisis deepens, UN food relief agency calls on warring factions to allow supply restock

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 16:47
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will, along with partners, reach some 105,000 displaced people in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden over the next few days, while warning that with millions in need amid the deepening crisis, its supplies are now running low.