Headlines at a glance


28 August 2015

Security Council condemns use of sexual violence as ‘tactic of war’ in Iraq and Syria

Fresh peace deal ‘first step’ in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security Council

After bodies found in truck near Austrian border, Ban urges expansion of safe, legal channels of migration

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau puts past gains at risk

More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 – UN refugee agency

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

Ban urges all parties in Burundi to ‘look beyond political differences,’ revive spirit of landmark peace accord

Hurricane Katrina’s ‘true legacy’ was to spur disaster risk management – senior UN official

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

UN human rights office calls on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve border situation through dialogue


27 August 2015

Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

Ban strongly condemns use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria conflict

Clashes in Central African Republic force thousands to seek refuge at UN peacekeeping base

UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end ‘immense suffering’ of Syrians

Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway’s Arctic seed vault for future generations – UN

As Libyan political talks resume, UN envoy urges parties to set aside differences, agree unity government

UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020

Aid community must scale up support to troubled Lake Chad region, urges senior UN official

UN humanitarian agencies reach thousands of South Sudanese cut off for months

Ban welcomes South Sudanese leader Kiir’s signature of agreement to resolve conflict


26 August 2015

Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission – UN health agency

UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

Ebola response panel studying ways to enforce compliance with key UN legal health instrument

Top tennis player Novak Djokovic takes centre court for children as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

At Security Council, UN envoy says Libyan parties must come together, make ‘final push’ for peace

As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris, Ban looks ahead to ‘bold’ outcome

UN sets up ‘child-friendly’ space at migrant rest area near former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border

UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

UNICEF demands that water not be used to achieve ‘military and political gains’ in Syria


25 August 2015

Experienced official from Netherlands appointed Deputy UN Special Representative for Mali

Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference

Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis

UN agency expresses concern over plight of civilians in southern Lebanon refugee camp

In France, Ban and President Hollande discuss global issues including upcoming Paris climate talks

With peace deal set to be signed, South Sudanese parties must address ‘drivers of conflict,’ Security Council told

Yemen: warning of ‘a lost generation,’ UN child rights envoy urges end to grave violations against children

UN atomic energy watchdog will need more than $10 million a year to assess Iran’s nuclear capacity

UN human rights chief urges Maldives to consider release of imprisoned former President

Europe’s response to migrant crisis is not working, warns UN rights expert