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Human rights and counter-terrorism must go hand-in-hand, say UN experts

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:00
Only through a strict adherence to international human rights standards can the world’s counter-terrorism strategies ultimately succeed, two United Nations human rights experts have declared.

Libyan parties open new round of UN-backed political talks aimed at restoring ‘stability and prosperity’

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 01:21
A new round of political dialogue on Libya, hosted by Morocco and facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) in the country began in Skhirat, Morocco, today, aiming to end the crisis in the country.

At conference closing, UN official says innovation key for future of global postal sector

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 01:00
The head of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU) has urged the international community to build over the next five years a postal world where innovation is “shared, promoted and driven for all” while helping to boost global efforts in achieving the sustainable development goals.

Resources needed to get 21 million children into school in Middle East, North Africa – UNICEF

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:54
Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

At UN-backed conference, Ban calls for more investment to achieve sustainable energy

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:35
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on business leaders to expand investment in low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy for all and tackle climate change, in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Ban calls on world’s athletes to help bolster emerging new UN sustainability agenda

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:31
Hailing the immense power of sport to make the world a better, more tolerant place for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all sportsmen and women to throw their energy into advocating the new sustainable development agenda currently being crafted by United Nations Member States.

INTERVIEW: At UN, tennis legend says human rights and sports ‘a perfect fit’

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:13
Tennis legend and gender equality activist Billie Jean King has had a stellar career in sports, identifying the boundaries that divide people and tearing them down. She was the first woman athlete to win over $100,000 in prize money in 1971 and, 10 years later, the first professional athlete to be “outed” as gay. She remains a steadfast supporter of issues at the heart of the United Nations – fair play, tolerance and building “a world where we are all united; no borders.”

World must do more to help support Syrian refugees in Lebanon, says UN refugee chief

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:54
The United Nations refugee chief called today on the international community to step-up its efforts to ease the plight of Syrian refugees who continue to live in harsh conditions in informal settlements in southern Lebanon.

UN envoy on Middle East peace meets Palestinian Prime Minister, discusses Gaza

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:28
The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process said today that he is pleased by commitment made by the Palestinian Government to assume its rightful responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.

Doha: UN anti-crime agency unveils new partnership to tackle match-fixing, sports betting

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:24
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today a new partnership with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to help strengthen cross-border investigations into match-fixing and manipulation of sports competitions, as well as bolstering measures to prosecute offenders.

Mali: UN mission condemns ‘cowardly and heinous’ attack on compound

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:18
The United Nations in Mali condemned today’s deadly attack on its Gao area compound that injured nine peacekeepers, killed at least three civilians and injured seven others, calling it a “cowardly and heinous” act.

UN relief wing says 1.2 million Ukrainians uprooted by conflict, calls for more funding

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:06
The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.

Women’s empowerment key to end sexual violence in combat, UN envoy tells Security Council

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:29
As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorise, displace and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council today, urging the body to take action to deal with this growing threat.

UN rights chief urges Burundi’s politicians to pick right path at ‘critical moment’ in country’s history

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:13
The United Nations human rights chief said today that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders are extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply as a series of pivotal elections set to take place between May and August this year get under way, and, with the country at “a crossroads,” Burundian parties must choose the path to democracy and the rule of law.

Millions of Yemenis face food insecurity amid escalating conflict, UN agency warns

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 18:07
Nearly 11 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and millions more are at risk of being unable to meet their basic food needs, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) said today, calling for $8 million in funding to support farmers amidst the escalating conflict.

After migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:12
The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) declared today.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack against Ministry as ‘assault’ on country’s youth

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:00
The top United Nations official in Somalia condemned yesterday a terrorist attack against the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces and Government workers.

Libya: Security Council condemns terrorist attacks on Republic of Korea, Morocco embassies

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:00
The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent series of terrorist attacks against the embassies of the Republic of Korea and Morocco in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Libyan political parties, activists conclude second round of UN-backed talks

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:03
A second meeting of Libyan political parties and activists, facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), concluded its deliberations today in Algiers by reiterating the commitment to political dialogue as the only option to resolve the crisis in Libya.

UN Syria Envoy to hold consultations on re-start of peace talks

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:00
The United Nations announced today that the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will proceed with a series of in-depth, separate consultations with Syrian stakeholders and regional and international actors to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 so-called Geneva Communiqué.