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International Criminal Court welcomes Palestine as State Party to the Rome Statute

UN News Centre – 01 April 2015

The International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomed the Palestine as the 123rd State Party to its founding Rome Statute today, in a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague in The Netherlands.

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In Iraq, UN chief pledges support as Government tackles ongoing threat from ISIL

UN News Centre – 30 March 2015



Despite recent military gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), “vast challenges” remain ahead as the Government of Iraq fights to consolidate its territorial integrity against the terrorist threat, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during an unannounced visit to Baghdad.

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New UN report shows wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to a United Nations report released today.

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2014 ‘devastating’ year for Palestinians, says UN humanitarian report

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

Amid a surge in hostilities and an ongoing blockade, 2014 was a traumatic year for millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, as the Organization released its latest report on the situation on the ground.

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Syria crisis ‘worsening’ amid humanitarian funding shortfall, warns top UN relief official

UN News Centre – 26 March 2015

The situation on the ground in Syria has “dramatically” worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.

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Libya: new UN report documents targeting of human rights defenders

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

Armed groups across Libya have targeted human rights defenders seeking to shed light on abuses, according to a new United Nations report that outlines a litany of violent attacks and threats against defenders in the country, and in some cases even after they are forced to leave.

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UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.

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Amid growing crises, UN officials urge protection for war’s youngest victims

UN News Centre – 25 March 2015

The international community must act “collectively and expeditiously” to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the Security Council met to discuss the myriad horrors faced by children caught up in wars worldwide.

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Palestinian conflict continues to destroy human life, dignity – UN rights official

UN News Centre – 23 March 2015



Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today.

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UN official urges continued international support as Vanuatu recovers from Cyclone Pam

UN News Centre – 21 March 2015

The international community must ramp up financial and humanitarian support for Vanuatu's most vulnerable communities as they begin to rebuild and recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today.

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UN officials say suffering in Nigeria ‘immense,’ warn of regional humanitarian crisis

UN News Centre – 19 March 2015

Amid ongoing fighting between Government forces and Boko Haram insurgents, the effects of the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria are increasingly reverberating across the region, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today, as they urged international donors to ramp up financial support for relief efforts.

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Ukraine crisis taking heaviest toll on women, children and elderly – UN officials

UN News Centre – 19 March 2015

Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately bearing the devastating impact of the protracted conflict in Ukraine, which has left five million people in need of humanitarian assistance, senior United Nations officials said today, as they stressed the “grave and urgent need” to scale up international relief efforts.

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ISIL may have committed genocide, war crimes in Iraq, says UN human rights report

UN News Centre – 19 March 2015

A report released today by the United Nations human rights office says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.

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UN chief urges more global support to resolve Libya crisis as he meets with Italian leaders

UN News Centre – 18 March 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of international support as the United Nations seeks to promote dialogue to resolve the crisis in Libya, as he met with senior Italian officials in Rome.

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In Nigeria, UN political chief hails ‘noteworthy’ progress as country prepares to vote

UN News Centre – 18 March 2015

Nigeria has made “noteworthy” progress in the preparations for the upcoming elections, the top United Nations political official said today, as he wrapped up a visit to the country, whose citizens will head to the polls beginning on 28 March.

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UN rights expert urges Myanmar authorities to address signs of backtracking

UN News Centre – 18 March 2015

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.”

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As UN steps up aid efforts, Ban promises ‘necessary action’ to assist cyclone-hit Vanuatu

UN News Centre – 16 March 2015


With United Nations relief agencies stepping up their response in Vanuatu after the country was hit by Cyclone Pam, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the event “tragically underscored” the importance of global efforts on disaster risk reduction.

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UN chief stresses collective responsibility to resolve Syria conflict, end nightmare for millions

UN News Centre – 12 March 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to bring to an end the conflict in Syria, which has been raging for four years, while United Nations humanitarian agencies urged greater support to help the millions of people caught up in a “nightmare of suffering.”

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Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian advocate to head up UN relief wing

UN News Centre – 09 March 2015

  

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Stephen O’Brien of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

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Member States must enforce human rights amid rising tide of extremism – UN rights chief

UN News Centre – 05 March 2015

The world may be at a “turning point” as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.

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