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UN rights office condemns executions carried out by Gaza authorities New York, June 1: The United Nations human rights office has condemned the execution of three men by authorities in Gaza today, despite serious and widespread concerns that international fair trial standards were not respected, and in spite of appeals by many local and international actors to halt the executions. 31-May-2016
UN rights chief welcomes 'hard-won' verdict in trial of former Chadian President Habré New York, May 31:The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday welcomed the "historic" verdict of the special court in Senegal convicting the former President of Chad Hissène Habré of crimes against humanity, summary executions, torture and rape. 30-May-2016
Mali: UN Mission strongly condemns ambush that leaves five 'blue helmets' dead New York, May 30: Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali earlier on Sunday, with another 'blue helmet' seriously injured, according to preliminary information reported by the country's UN mission, which deplored the “heinous act of terrorism” as all the more shocking because it occurred on the day set aside for the global community to honour UN peacekeepers. 30-May-2016
UNHCR concerned about fighting in northern Syria affecting thousands of vulnerable civilians Geneva, May 29: The UNHCR on Sunday said it is deeply concerned about the plight of some 165,000 displaced persons reportedly massing near the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Syria. 29-May-2016
New stamps for International Day of UN Peacekeepers unveiled at UN New York, May 28: Ahead of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers – celebrated annually on 29 May – the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) on Friday announced the issuance of a set of six new stamps for the occasion. 27-May-2016
UN launches campaign to urge 'smart' transition to sustainable cities New York, May 27:Two United Nations entities have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for the transition to smart sustainable cities. 27-May-2016
Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in cities on Syria's coast New York, May 26 : The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Syria – claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) – that killed and injured more than 100 people on 23 May, expressing condolences to the victims' families and a speedy recovery to the injured. 26-May-2016
Amid Boko Haram violence, situation worsens for displaced in southeast Niger – UN New York, May 25:Security and humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in southeast Niger, where hundreds of thousands of people settled after fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday. 25-May-2016
WHS: UN humanitarian summit to 'shape a different future,' Ban tells thousands at opening ceremony New York, May 24: At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world. 24-May-2016
WHS: World Humanitarian Summit will be 'wake-up call' for action and 'launch pad' for new initiatives New York, May 23: Just hours away from the opening of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), United Nations senior officials on Sunday highlighted that the global event is to serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives. 23-May-2016
'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar New York, May 22:With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering. 22-May-2016
Ecuador: month after quake, humanitarian needs acute; many without roof over heads – UN New York, May 21: One month after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of over 650 people in north-western Ecuador, humanitarian needs remain acute there, as 73,000 people have been displaced, 15,000 people have lost their identity documents, and 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Colombia, who lived in the stricken areas were also affected, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. 21-May-2016
Mali: Ban condemns attack on UN convoy that killed five peacekeepers New York, May 20: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday's deadly attack that killed five peacekeepers and injured three others of the UN mission in Mali, his spokesman said in a statement. 20-May-2016
UN human rights chief welcomes Pfizer's decision to bar use of its drugs in executions New York, May 20: The United Nations human rights chief on Thursday warmly welcomed the initiatives announced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to ensure that the drugs it produces will not be used by States to carry out executions by lethal injection. 19-May-2016
EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed: Francois Hollande Paris, May 19: French President Francois Hollande on Thursday announced that the EgyptAir flight having 66 people onboard, which disappeared from the radar, crashed. 19-May-2016
‘Nobody Left Outside’ campaign launched as UN warns of dire shelter conditions for refugees New York, May 19: A half-billion-dollar shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Wednesday, as it launched a new campaign that calls on the private sector to contribute funds for shelter solutions for two million refugees. 19-May-2016
Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by Boko Haram is now a child – UN New York, May 17: The number of children used by Boko Haram as suicide bombers up tenfold over the past year, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported, also warning that the group’s gunmen continue to carry out attacks on civilian and military targets despite the ramped up military operations in the Lake Chad Basin region. 17-May-2016
Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations New York, May 16: The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse for 16-May-2016
Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue, with consensus on some issues New York, May 15:In his latest update on the Yemeni peace talks currently under way in Kuwait, the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country reported that the two delegations discussed proposals to bridge the gap between their respective visions, reaching consensus on some issues. 15-May-2016
‘We have an agenda before us’ – UN officials reiterate need for measures against sexual abuse New York, May 14: Briefing the General Assembly on the challenges being faced and progress being made to end the exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, senior UN officials on Friday indicated that immediate concerns have been focused on providing protection and support to the victims, and reiterated the need for collective efforts to put stronger measures in place to ensure prevention and greater accountability. 14-May-2016
Iraq: UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Baghdad New York, May 13: The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms the three terrorist attacks that occurred on Wednesday in Baghdad, which resulted in at least 93 deaths and many more injuries. 12-May-2016
Somalia: UN calls for urgent action to support drought-hit communities New York, May 12: A senior United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia on Wednesday called for urgent action to support drought-stricken communities in Puntland and Somaliland and avert a further deterioration of the situation. 12-May-2016
Senior UN aid official condemns killings of displaced civilians by armed local tribes in North Darfur New York, May 11: The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan has condemned the reported shooting deaths of six civilians, including two children, by armed local tribes in Sortony – next to a site for recently displaced people from the mountainous Jebel Marra area in North Darfur. 11-May-2016
Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt New York, May 10: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said. 10-May-2016
In Seychelles, Ban calls for global action on climate change and easing humanitarian suffering New York, May 9:Small States like Seychelles have served as a “magnifying lens” for many issues that all nations must face, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the National Assembly on Sunday, calling for the archipelago's continued support as the UN tackles three critical challenges: climate change, global sustainability and easing humanitarian suffering. 09-May-2016
'Small islands have big ideas,' Ban tells Seychelles, citing leadership on environment, climate action New York, May 8: The problems facing our planet – climate change, poverty and insecurity – will only be solved through a global, multilateral response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday as he began an official visit to the Seychelles, a small island nation with “big ideas,” having shown leadership on climate action, environmental protection and the fight against maritime crime. 08-May-2016
Syria: UN condemns camp bombing, underlines political solution ‘more urgent than ever’ New York, May 7: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior United Nations officials on Friday “unreservedly” condemned yesterday’s bombing of two camps for displaced people in Sarmada, located in north-western Syria, which according to early reports by first responders, killed around 30 civilians including children. 07-May-2016
Sadiq Khan elected as first Muslim Mayor of London London, May 7: Labour Party's Sadiq Khan has been elected as the Mayor of London. 06-May-2016
Syria: UN relief chief calls for probe into air strikes that left dozens dead in Idleb New York, May 6: The top United Nations humanitarian official has called for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into the air strikes that on Thursday left dozes of civilians dead and injured in the northern Syrian Governorate of Idleb, which, if found to be deliberate, could amount to a war crime. 06-May-2016
On International Day, UN spotlights role of midwives in achieving development targets New York, May 6: Every year, some 300,000 women still die during pregnancy and childbirth and almost three million babies do not survive their first four weeks of life, yet a majority of these deaths could be averted by trained midwives, the United Nations said on Thursday as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for strengthened skills and investments in midwifery. 05-May-2016
At regional session, UN agricultural agency urges sustainable development for better nutrition New York, May 5: While many countries in Europe and Central Asia have made progress in reducing the prevalence of hunger, other forms of malnutrition still exist in the region and can only be combated by prioritizing food security, agriculture and rural development, the head of the United Nation’s agricultural agency said on Wednesday . 05-May-2016
Ban announces intention to appoint seasoned Mexican diplomat to head UN climate framework New York, May 4: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has started the process of consultation with the Conference of Parties through its Bureau, and has informed of his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 03-May-2016
Iraq: with hundreds killed in April, UN expresses deep concern at ‘incessant violence’ New York, May 3: A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq last month, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). 03-May-2016
Despite 'positive atmosphere,' Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talks New York, May 2: Despite the positive atmosphere of the Yemeni peace talks which prevailed during the past few days, the United Nations envoy for Yemen announced on Sunday that the Government's delegation suspended its participation in the plenary sessions because of reports received from Amran governorate. 02-May-2016
Car bomb blast close to Turkish police HQ kills 2 officers Ankara, May 1 : A car bomb blast close to the police headquarters in southeastern Turkey on Sunday left at least two police officers dead, media reports said. 01-May-2016
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