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Refugees and migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top one million: UN New York, Dec 31: Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe by sea this year have passed one million, according to figures just released by the UN refugee agency, many on perilous trips aboard inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, with at least 3,735 more believed drowned. 31-Dec-2015
Ban takes to radio waves of Central African Republic to appeal for peaceful polls New York, Dec 30: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took to the radio waves of the Central African Republic (CAR) to appeal to voters for a massive turn-out in tomorrow’s presidential poll, a major step in efforts to stabilize the country amid conflict between Muslims and Christians. 30-Dec-2015
Syria: UN and partners aid evacuation of injured from four besieged towns New York, Dec 29 : More than 460 people, including the seriously injured and their family members, were evacuated from four towns under siege in Syria on Monday with the help of the United Nations and its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners following a local agreement between the fighters on the ground. 29-Dec-2015
Syria: UN condemns archaeological destruction at Bosra New York, Dec 26: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday condemned the destruction of parts of the ancient Syrian city of Bosra in fighting two days ago, alerting the world art market to potential trafficking in artefacts from the World Heritage site. 26-Dec-2015
UN refugee agency seeks to protect displaced gays, lesbians as they face prejudice, violence New York, Dec 25: With lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement facing discrimination, prejudice, violence and other hurdles as they seek asylum, the United Nations refugee agency has rolled out the most comprehensive training package of its kind globally to enhance their protection. 25-Dec-2015
Yemen: Security Council deeply concerned by cessation of hostilities' violations New York, Dec 24: The Security Council on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over the number of violations of Yemen's cessation of hostilities agreement and urged all parties to adhere to the accord and exercise maximum restraint following the adjournment of peace talks until January 2016. 23-Dec-2015
Impact of El Nino could be worst in 18 years in southern Africa, warns UN 'special alert' New York, Dec 23: Crop and livestock production prospects in southern Africa have been weakened by this year’s powerful El Nino, while the phenomenon is also impacting agricultural sectors in northern Australia, parts of Indonesia and a wide swathe of Central America and Brazil, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. 22-Dec-2015
Lebanon: Ban condemns rocket fire towards Israel as ‘serious ceasefire violation,’ urges restraint New York, Dec 22: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced great concern on Monday over yesterday’s firing of rockets from South Lebanon towards Israel, calling it “a serious violation” of the ceasefire, noted Israel’s retaliatory mortar attack, and urged maximum restraint. 21-Dec-2015
Spirit of solidarity 'must inspire our collective response' to world's major challenges,says Ban New York, Dec 21: On International Human Solidarity Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and called for joint action to implement its targets and create a better future for all. 21-Dec-2015
Air France flight makes emergency landing in Kenya over bomb scare Nairobi, Dec 20: An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to land in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa following a bomb scare, media reports said on Sunday. 20-Dec-2015
On Migrants Day, UN remembers thousands who lost their lives this year trying to reach safe harbour New York, Dec 19: Global candlelight vigils marked the International Day of Migrants on Friday to remember that the more than 5,000 women, men and children who lost their lives in arduous journeys in search of protection and a better life as, United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2015 will be remembered as a year of human suffering and migrant tragedies. 19-Dec-2015
UN's rapid response humanitarian fund marks 10th anniversary with plans to upgrade New York, Dec 18: The United Nations rapid response funding mechanism for saving tens of thousands of lives in both sudden disasters and long-festering crises marked its 10th anniversary on Thursday with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laying out plans to strengthen it in the face of mounting challenges. 18-Dec-2015
As hunger grips Malawi, UNICEF embarks on countrywide screening for malnutrition New York, Dec 17: Following reports of increasing food shortage and hunger problem in Malawi coming from its communities and villages, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is carrying out a mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts in Malawi, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country. 17-Dec-2015
Burundi: UN urges immediate action to stop ‘senseless’ violence New York, Dec 16: Amid the “deadly escalation” of violence in Burundi, the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday sounded the alarm at the unfolding crisis in the country and urged all actors in the current crisis to take every step possible to stop the growing violence and engage in a meaningful and inclusive dialogue. 16-Dec-2015
Syria crisis a 'blot on our collective conscience' UN relief chief says, urging sustained aid access, funding New York, Dec 15: Speaking from Damascus today, the top United Nations relief official said the situation in Syria is “unacceptable,” with nearly 13.5 million Syrians in need of some form of assistance, and he urged the international community to generously support the UN’s $3.2 billion humanitarian operations plan for the war-torn country. 15-Dec-2015
UN agencies relaunch joint winter aid programme to support vulnerable Syrian children in Jordan New York, Dec 14: As the harsh winter approaches Jordan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched the winter cash assistance programme again, that will allow vulnerable Syrian families in Za'atari and Azraq camps to buy warm winter clothing for all their children. 14-Dec-2015
COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as 'monumental triumph' Le Bourget, Dec 13: Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history on Saturday. 13-Dec-2015
Women in US lagging behind in human rights, UN experts report New York, Dec 12 : While praising the current United States administration for its commitment to women’s equality, United Nations experts warned on Friday that the extreme polarization of US politics is “profoundly” affecting the Government’s ability to guarantee women’s human rights, and even to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 12-Dec-2015
Ban calls on civil society to keep governments accountable on climate commitments New York, Dec 11: Meeting with civil society groups on Thursday at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on grassroots organizations to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words. 11-Dec-2015
UN champions prevention as best hope for eliminating violence against women New York, Dec 10: On a December evening in 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was beaten and brutally raped by five men and a youth on board an off-duty bus in the Indian capital, New Delhi. The injuries she sustained were so severe that she succumbed to them 13 days later, setting off protests in India and around the world for ending the scourge of violence against women. 10-Dec-2015
COP21: Grassroots organizations spotlight women's voices at UN climate conference New York, Dec 9 : Dozens of non-governmental organizations rallying outside the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris on Tuesday voiced the importance of bringing more women to the forefront of discussions, both in terms of who is negotiating the new climate agreement and what will be written within its pages. 09-Dec-2015
Yemen: Peace talks to start next week among warring parties, says UN envoy New York, Dec 8 : After several weeks of intensive consultations with the warring parties in Yemen, as well as with regional and international players, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country on Monday announced that the parties have agreed to open on 15 December in Switzerland, a series of talks aimed at establishing a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. 08-Dec-2015
Chad: Ban condemns suicide attacks, urges to address scourge of Boko Haram New York, Dec 7: Following the triple suicide attacks carried out on the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad on Sunday, which left more than 30 dead and many more injured, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon condemned the brutal attacks stating that these “despicable acts demonstrate yet again the brutality of Boko Haram.” 07-Dec-2015
London Tube station attack is a terror incident: Police London, Dec 6: The Met Police on Sunday said they are treating the stabbing incident at a Tube station in east London as a 'terrorist incident'. 05-Dec-2015
Fresh fighting in South Sudan forces thousands to flee into eastern DR Congo New York, Dec 5 : More than 4,000 people have fled to a remote region of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to recent fighting between local groups, known as the ‘Arrow Boys’ and the South Sudanese Army in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. 05-Dec-2015
COP21: UN joins France and private sector partners for action on electro-mobility New York, Dec 4 : Recognizing that transportation has the highest growth in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of any industrial sector, transport representatives at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) presented 10 initiatives on Thursday that aim to reduce these emissions and build more sustainable transport systems. 04-Dec-2015
14 killed in shooting in California, 2 suspects dead San Bernardino, United States, Dec 3: In all 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured when three heavily armed men opened fire at a social services centre for the disabled in California's San Bernardino on Wednesday, reports said. 03-Dec-2015
Flow of refugee and migrant children into Greece doubles: UN agencies report New York, Dec 2 : About a third of the refugees and migrants who have drowned in the Aegean Sea this year were children, while the number of children applying for asylum in the European Union has doubled compared to 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday, warning of the increasing perils facing youngsters as winter takes hold. 02-Dec-2015
DR Congo: Ban condemns attack on UN base New York, Dec 1: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for swift action to bring to justice the perpetrators of a deadly attack on Sunday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), pledging continued support in the battle against rebel forces. 01-Dec-2015
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