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UN envoy on Syria 'shocked' and 'appalled' by indiscriminate rocket attack on western Aleppo New York, Oct 31: The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that he is “appalled and shocked” by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of Syria's western Aleppo in the past 48 hours. 31-Oct-2016
UN mission condemns killings and increased violence in the Central African Republic New York, Oct 30: Denouncing recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals, the United Nations mission in the country has called for an end to the attacks and reprisals as well as appealed for dialogue to resolve the situation. 29-Oct-2016
News about the Nobel Prize left me speechless: Dylan London, Oct 29: Breaking his silence American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has said the news that he was to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature left him 'speechless'. 28-Oct-2016
As fires burn through Calais 'Jungle,' UNICEF urges protection of children remaining in the camp New York, Oct 28: “Deeply troubled” that last night, while fires burned in parts of the Calais refugee and migrant camp that has become known as “the Jungle” burned, many children were forced to sleep out in the cold, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday underscored that authorities on the ground must guarantee their protection. 28-Oct-2016
UN aid agencies stepping up assistance for those fleeing Mosul fighting New York, Oct 27: As newly-displaced Iraqis are starting to arrive at camps set up by the United Nations for people fleeing the ongoing military offensive to wrest Mosul from terrorists, the Organization’s health and refugee agencies have ramped up their own operations to provide assistance and to respond to what has thus far been a ‘moderate’ influx. 27-Oct-2016
Paul Beatty wins Man Booker Prize for The Sellout London, Oct 26: US author Paul Beatty has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. 25-Oct-2016
New approach to internal displacement must aim for prevention, better solutions – UN deputy relief chief New York, Oct 25: With efforts to respond to the plight of more than 60 million internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world is falling short, a senior United Nations humanitarian official reiterated the UN relief wing's call for a new approach to the crisis, in terms of coordination as well as better prevention and better solutions. 24-Oct-2016
Head of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to step down in November New York, Oct 24: The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will be stepping down at the end of November after more than two years of leading the Mission. 24-Oct-2016
First woman to ascend Mount Everest dies Tokyo, Oct 23: The first woman, who ascended Mount Everest, has died, Japanese media reports said on Sunday. 23-Oct-2016
With ceasefire ‘largely holding’ in Yemen, UN refugee agency rushes in aid to embattled Taiz city New York, Oct 22:The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the start of the cessation of hostilities that began at midnight, 19 October, while the UN refugee agency took advantage of the pause in fighting to rush desperately needed aid to the embattled south-central city of Taiz. 22-Oct-2016
Syria: UN agency condemns killing of four Palestinian refugees at Khan Eshieh camp New York, Oct 22: The United Nations agency tasked with the well-being of Palestine refugees on Friday condemned the killing of four Palestinians in a camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and expressed deep concern that the site faces the real risk of being turned into another camp in the area that has been devastated by years of fighting. 21-Oct-2016
18 pedestrians struck, one senior killed in Toronto Toronto, Oct 21: At least 18 pedestrians were struck by vehicles in Toronto. 21-Oct-2016
Tackling impacts of land degradation vital to achieving Global Goals – senior UN treaty official New York, Oct 19: The head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification told delegations gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to assess the treaty’s implementation, the impacts of land degradation affect the sustainability of the entire world, so a global effort is needed to tackle it, including through the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 19-Oct-2016
Yemen: UN envoy announces restoration of nationwide cessation of hostilities New York, Oct 18: The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced on Monday a plan for the resumption of a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in the war-torn Gulf nation. 17-Oct-2016
Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter, more crowded planet, UN says on World Food Day New York, Oct 17: To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.” 16-Oct-2016
Kentucky: US sprinter Tyson Gay New York, Oct 16: Daughter of former US sprinter Tyson Gay was killed during a shooting incident in US state of Kentucky, media reports said on Sunday. 16-Oct-2016
Central African Republic: UN rights office urges all parties to exercise ‘utmost restraint’ New York, Oct 15: In the wake of a number of killings and attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on all actors in the country to exercise restraint and prevent any further escalation in violence. 15-Oct-2016
Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for six months New York, Oct 14: Accepting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation, the Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti for six months at the current force and police strength. 14-Oct-2016
Undernutrition taking huge toll on Chad’s economy, new UN-supported study finds New York, Oct 13: Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs ($1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood undernutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has revealed. 13-Oct-2016
Haiti: Seeking to fend off cholera threat, UN agencies deliver aid, call for risk reduction New York, Oct 12: One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, United Nations agencies are continuing the massive relief effort under way on the ground, scrambling to fend off the threat of cholera, delivering life-saving supplies and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure, such as schools. 12-Oct-2016
Ban announces launch of new partnership platform to support financing for Sustainable Development Goals New York, Oct 11: Announcing the launch on Monday of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative can help in identifying and piloting innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions. 11-Oct-2016
UN chief, senior humanitarian officials strongly condemn attack in Yemen that killed over a hundred people New York, Oct 10: Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have condemned an attack in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, that killed more than 140 people and injured at least five hundred more. They also called for swift and impartial investigations into the incident. 10-Oct-2016
In Iceland, UN chief highlights that fate of Arctic and that of the world are intertwined New York, Oct 9: Drawing attention to the melting of the Arctic ice cap, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday underlined the urgency of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the need to help developing countries in their efforts to combat climate change. 09-Oct-2016
UN rights office calls for independent inquiry following numerous deaths at an Ethiopian festival New York, Oct 8: Expressing concern at increasing unrest in several Ethiopian towns following deaths of a number of people in unclear circumstances in the country’s Bishoftu town, the United Nations human rights arm has called on protesters to exercise restraint and on security forces to conduct themselves in line with international human rights laws and standards. 07-Oct-2016
Colombian Prez Juan Manuel Santos awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 Oslo, Oct 7: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón for his "resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people." 07-Oct-2016
Dormant Mount Meager shows new signs of volcanic activity Vancouver, Oct 6 : Mount Meager, a dormant volcano near Pemberton in British Columbia, showed some volcanic activity recently, which made experts take a close look and monitor its course of action. 06-Oct-2016
UN deputy chief urges increased participation of young people in peace and security decision-making New York, Oct 5: With more young people around the world than ever before, it is necessary to include them when discussing global solutions related to peace, development and security, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday. 04-Oct-2016
As Colombian voters reject peace deal, Ban pledges UN support as country seeks way forward New York, Oct 4: In the wake of a referendum that defeated the peace accord signed by the President of Colombia and the country’s largest rebel group just days ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the parties for their determination, saying he believed peace could still be achieved and that all Colombians who had committed to ending the 50-year conflict should not be discouraged. 03-Oct-2016
Stampede at Ethiopia kills 50 Addis Ababa, Oct 3: At least 50 people were killed during a protest at a religious festival in Ethiopia's Oromia region, media reports said. 02-Oct-2016
On Non-Violence Day, Ban highlights link between peace and nature New York, Oct 2: United Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as he observed the International Day of Non-Violence. 02-Oct-2016
'Take a stand against ageism,' says UN on International Day of Older Persons New York, Oct 1: The United Nations is marking the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights. 01-Oct-2016
Ban urges 'dialogue and diplomacy' by both India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions New York, Oct 1: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of recent developments, particularly the reported ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on 18 September. 01-Oct-2016
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