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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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Move to repeal state law in Australia curbing peaceful assembly welcomed by UN expert

UN News Centre – 04 March 2015

A United Nations rights expert praised today the move made in Australia to repeal restrictive laws that regulate protests, and encouraged the reversal of any legislation that curtails the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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UN health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries

UN News Centre – 04 March 2015

An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that “the possibility of international spread still remains a global threat worsened by the expansion of conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Africa.”

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‘No evidence death penalty deters any crime,’ senior UN official tells Rights Council

UN News Centre – 04 March 2015

Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said today at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the drug business.

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Political consensus urgent to protect human rights, Ban tells opening session of UN council

UN News Centre – 02 March 2015

The United Nations has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva today for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, while he warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among Member States

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Malaysia: UN expert urges Government to boost efforts in helping victims of human trafficking

UN News Centre – 02 March 2015

The Government of Malaysia must increase its efforts in addressing all forms of human trafficking while also protecting the rights of its victims, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

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Iraq: UN documents rights violations of increasingly sectarian nature

UN News Centre – 23 February 2015

A United Nations report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country.

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On Social Justice Day UN spotlights human trafficking modern slavery

UN News – 19 February 2015

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.

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UN envoy on Ebola likens final phase of response to ‘looking for needles in haystacks’

UN News Centre – 18 February 2015

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the final phase of “getting to zero” cases may well be the hardest, saying the hunt to track down the virus is “like looking for needles in haystacks.”

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Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African

UN News Centre – 15 February 2015

Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African Republic

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‘Enormous scale’ of Mediterranean migration tragedy emerges – up to 300 dead, says UN official

UN News Centre – 12 February 2015

A group of African migrants in a detention centre in Malta. Photo: UNHCR/M. Edström

With the number of refugees and migrants confirmed missing following their attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe revised from a total of 29 dead to as many as 300, the United Nations refugee agency said today that it is shocked by the new information emerging on the scale of the maritime tragedy.

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South Sudan: UNICEF celebrates ongoing demobilization of child soldiers

UN News Centre – 12 February 2015

Demobilized child soldiers in the village of Gumuruk, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Mariantonietta Peru

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is applauding the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan – the second such UN-backed demobilization of child soldiers in less than a month.

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UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for world’s children

UN News – 09 February 2015

International football icon and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, today announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth, amid the planet’s worsening humanitarian crises.

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Fight against child labour gaining momentum in Kosovo, UN agency says

UN News – 09 February 2015

The International Labour Organization (ILO) today spotlighted the fight against child labour in Kosovo, where, it said, children as young as 10 are forced to work on garbage dumps or in the fields risking their health, and noted that progress is being made to eliminate such “unacceptable ways of providing financial support to a family.”

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