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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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

SsDmhHgTBri - 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.

South Sudan: UN official meets displaced people sheltering at protection sites in Malakal

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:55
The United Nations Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan visited Malakal today, meeting with local officials and community leaders of some 26,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) who are being sheltered by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

UN delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:52
Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today.

UN rights experts welcome Blackwater sentencing, urge greater accountability for private security

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:38
The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians.

Doha: UN anti-crime conference session urges boosting assistance to trafficking victims

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:33
With human trafficking now a global criminal enterprise generating billions of dollars every year, United Nations officials stressed today during a high-level event at the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar, that victims of the crime need broad based assistance for their recovery.

Emerging threats demand renewed fight against sexual violence in conflict &#8211 UN envoy

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:52
Those who use rape as a weapon of war are becoming increasingly &#8220brutal and ruthless,&#8221 the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today, warning against a lax attitude that would allow emerging armed groups to gain further ground and continue committing such atrocious crimes.

UN condemns killing of Chilean peacekeeper in Haiti

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:44
The United Nations called for a swift investigation into the shooting death of a Chilean peacekeeper in Haiti whose killing prompted strong condemnations from the UN mission on the ground as well as the Secretary-General and Security Council at the world body’s Headquarters.

Spate of violent attacks in Mali draws UN rights office concern

SsDmhHgTBri - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 21:02
The United Nations human rights office today said it is &#8220deeply disturbed&#8221 at the series of violent attacks that have occurred in the Gao and Kidal regions of northern Mali, making an already precarious security situation more volatile.
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