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In Rome, Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a ‘defining moment for Europe and the world’

UN News Centre – 15 October 2015

The current refugee and migration crisis is a “defining moment” for Europe and the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Rome today, where in an address to Italian Government officials, he thanked Italy for its “compassionate and courageous response” while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.

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Central African Republic: UN agency delivers food aid to thousands displaced by recent violence

UN News Centre – 14 October 2015

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that aid workers have reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, where the situation remains “tense and volatile” after a new surge in violence.

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Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security

14 October 2015

Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

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UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

UN News Centre – 07 October 2015

The United Nations today launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

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On International Walk to School Day, UN envoy urges action to make roads safe for children

UN News Centre – 07 October 2015

Marking International Walk to School Day, Jean Todt, the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, has is calling for urgent action to halt road deaths and traffic accidents, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), kill some 500 children a day.

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UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

UN News Centre – 05 October 2015

The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

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UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

UN News Centre – 30 September 2015

Twelve UN agencies today called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.

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UN welcomes expanded EU support to refugees fleeing conflict, urges speedy implementation

UN News Centre – 24 September 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today in welcoming a decision by the European Union (EU) to increase resources for humanitarian assistance to countries neighbouring war-ravaged Syria.

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UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of youth to General Assemb

UN News Centre – 24 September 2015

A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by top UN officials, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and youth representatives from an initiative called ‘Voices of Youth.’

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All countries must contribute to solving global refugee crisis, says General Assembly President

UN News Centre – 21 September 2015

All countries must contribute to solving the global refugee crisis, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today, underscoring that the international community has an unequivocal obligation towards the women, men and children seeking refuge from conflict and violence.

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Ahead of International Day of Peace, UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September

UN News Centre – 18 September 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the laying down of arms and a 24-hour cease-fire on 21 September, which is observed around the world each year as the International Day of Peace.

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UN rights chief ‘appalled’ at recent treatment of refugees, migrants by Hungarian authorities

UN News Centre – 17 September 2015

The United Nations human rights chief said today he is “appalled” at the recent actions displayed by the Hungarian Government in its treatment of refugees and migrants, and urged European institutions to take firm action to respond to the crisis affecting several countries.

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‘Simple act of playing represents grave danger for children in Syria’ – UNICEF

UN News Centre – 16 September 2015

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned in the strongest terms mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo, Syria, which reportedly killed at least 19 children yesterday, including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.

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Opening 70th UN General Assembly, President underscores urgent need for action

UN News Centre – 15 September 2015

A major priority for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is to ensure that all actors move swiftly to deliver on the promises being made for sustainable development, the President of the 193-member body said today.

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UN rights experts applaud steps by China and India to reduce, abolish death penalty

UN News Centre – 11 September 2015

Two independent United Nations human rights experts welcomed today the recommendation to abolish the death penalty by India, as well as the decision to reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty by the Chinese authorities.

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UN envoy for education unveils plan to get 1 million Syrian children in school in 21 days

UN News Centre – 10 September 2015

With more than 4 million children having left Syria – half of them for Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – in a “crisis of biblical proportions,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education today said $250 million could get 1 million refugee children in school by the time the UN General Assembly meets later this month.

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Women must be empowered to actively help counter terrorism and extremism, says UN official

UN News Centre – 09 September 2015

Increased attention needs to be given to women so they can be empowered to actively help counter terrorism and violent extremism around the world, a senior United Nations counter-terrorism official told a news conference in New York today.

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Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but efforts must be redoubled – UN report

UN News Centre – 09 September 2015

Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, but it is not enough to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of a two-thirds reduction over the past 15 years, according to a new report released today by a number of United Nations agencies.

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Refugees have to be dealt with as human beings, stresses senior UN official

UN News Centre – 09 September 2015

Refugees have to be dealt with as human beings, and the broader migrant community, including economic migrants, cannot be dismissed “with a wave of the hand,” the top United Nations official dealing with migration said today.

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On International Day, Ban calls on people everywhere to act charitably in face of human suffering

UN News Centre – 05 September 2015

On the International Day of Charity, marked annually on 5 September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on people everywhere to volunteer and act charitably in the face of human suffering.

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