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International Criminal Court to prosecute alleged perpetrator of Uganda war crimes

UN News Centre – 20 January 2015

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently escorting alleged former rebel leader Dominic Ongwen – against whom it back in 2005 issued an arrest warrant for war crimes committed in Uganda – from the Central African Republic to the court’s detention centre in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Top UN officials welcome negotiations as Member States discuss new sustainability agenda

UN News Centre – 19 January 2015

Senior United Nations officials underlined the importance of the intergovernmental negotiations that got under way at UN Headquarters in New York today aimed at finalizing the post-2015 development agenda, as they addressed the General Assembly this afternoon.

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Saudi Arabia: public flogging of blogger ‘cruel and inhuman,’ says UN rights chief

UN News Centre – 16 January 2015

15 January 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official has issued an appeal to the Saudi Arabia to halt the punishment of Ra’ef Badawi, an online blogger sentenced to public flogging for “peacefully exercising his right to freedom of opinion and expression,” according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR)

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2015 presents historic opportunity to improve people’s lives, says UN Assembly President

UN News Centre – 15 January 2015

The next several months will present a historic opportunity to agree on an “inspiring” agenda that will directly improve the lives of people around the world, United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said today as he outlined his objectives for 2015.

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UN rights office ‘deeply deplores’ latest Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

UN News Centre – 13 January 2015

The United Nations human rights office has condemned the latest spate of violence committed by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram amid reports of renewed mass killings and mass forced displacement in north-eastern Nigeria.

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On India visit, Ban stresses country’s role in security, human rights, development

UN News Centre – 12 January 2015

 

India can play a major role in addressing global challenges such as poverty, displacement, terrorism and climate change, said United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon today as he addressed the Indian Council of World Affairs, calling on the country to drive peace, champion human rights and lead on sustainable development.

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‘2015 can and must be time for global action’ Ban declares, briefing UN Assembly

UN News Centre – 08 January 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked forward to a “year of opportunity,” as he briefed the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on his priorities for 2015, and called for transformative global action that would ensure sustainable development and human dignity for all.

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2015 will be ‘tough year’ for humanitarian operations, senior UN official warns

UN News Centre – 22 December 2014

The outlook for global humanitarian operations is “very, very bleak,” a top United Nations humanitarian official warned today saying that “it’s been a rapid deterioration through 2014 and sadly, as we move forward we’re expecting to face a tough year in 2015.”

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10 years after Indian Ocean tsunami, Asia-Pacific region better prepared: UN

UN News Centre – 22 December 2014

Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami hit South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, while stressing that there is still room for improvement.

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Courage of Ebola health workers should inspire greater efforts by all, says Ban

UN News Centre – 22 December 2014

Citing the “memorable and moving” example of a Sierra Leonean nurse who had contracted Ebola but became a caregiver as soon as she had recovered, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that kind of commitment “should move us all to do more to end the outbreak” in West Africa.

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In Security Council, UN officials urge renewed engagement with DPR Korea on human rights

UN News Centre – 22 December 2014

Despite a grim litany of human rights abuses committed against its own people and ongoing provocations to global peace and security, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has shown signs of compliance with human rights mechanisms prompting hopes that the Asian nation may one day yield to the call for full accountability and reform, two senior United Nations officials stated today.

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On International Day, Ban urges human solidarity to build new sustainability agenda

UN News Centre – 20 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked Human Solidarity Day today by calling for joint action to craft and take forward a new, inlcusive development agenda that eradicates poverty, protects the planet and ensures dignity for all.

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UN rights chief welcomes conviction of Congolese army officer for crimes against humanity

UN News Centre – 19 December 2014

The top United Nations official on human rights issues has welcomed the recent conviction and sentencing of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, adding that the move would help garner momentum for other similar cases currently underway in the country.

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Security Council renews cross-border aid delivery to Syria for a year

UN News Centre – 17 December 2014

The United Nations Security Council has today renewed for 12 months the use of routes across conflict lines and several border crossings in Syria so that humanitarian assistance can reach communities in need, as it expressed outrage at the escalating violence that has killed nearly 200,000 people.

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Central African Republic: UNICEF warns two out of five children without vital aid

UN News Centre – 17 December 2014

Two out of five children urgently needing humanitarian aid in Central African Republic are without it, thanks to a critical lack of funding and continued conflict, a year after extreme violence tore through the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said today.

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Taliban attack on Pakistan school an act of ‘horror and rank cowardice’, says UN chief

UN News Centre – 16 December 2014

Pupil of a primary school class in Pakistan. Photo: UNESCO/Akhtar Soomro

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

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Somalia: UN expert urges Government to ramp up efforts in securing human rights legislation

UN News Centre – 13 December 2014

Somalia's Government and the international community must work to strengthen the country's rule of law institutions and safeguard its full transition to peace, stability and democracy, a United Nations human rights expert urged today.

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‘Things are about to change,’ UN expert urges Malta to prepare for migrants

UN News Centre – 10 December 2014

Malta, a key entry point into Europe, needs to step up its preparation for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau warned today.

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UN agency requests $400 million ‘lifeline’ for Palestinian refugees

UN News Centre – 09 December 2014

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has today launched an emergency appeal for $414 million to support those living in the occupied Palestinian territory, where demands for “lifeline” services continue to grow.

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UNICEF declares 2014 ‘devastating year’ for millions of children trapped by conflict

UN News Centre – 08 December 2014

Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today as 2014 has been “devastating” for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world.

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