Headlines at a glance


16 May 2016

FEATURE: In Ukraine, a ‘Living Library’ helps ease tensions between displaced persons and hosts

Unique education fund to be launched next week at UN World Humanitarian Summit

Kosovo still faces ‘hard-nosed realities,’ but is vital for European security – UN envoy

Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by Boko Haram is now a child – UN

Colombia: agreement to reintegrate children from FARC welcomed by UN envoy

New guidelines on improving care for female genital mutilation issued by UN health agency

UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

UNICEF and EU launch #EmergencyLessons campaign on education in crisis zones

One hundred babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF


15 May 2016

Ban and African Union Commission welcome partial re-run of elections in Comoros

Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations


14 May 2016

Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue, with consensus on some issues

Security Council 'deeply disappointed' over failed election deadlines in Haiti


13 May 2016

‘We have an agenda before us’ – UN officials reiterate need for measures against sexual abuse

Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

Security Council demands Boko Haram ‘immediately’ end all violence in Lake Chad Basin

‘Paramount importance’ for Lebanon to elect a president – UN envoy

Belarus: execution shows ‘callous disdain’ for international human rights law – UN experts

UN Economic and Social Council President urges coherent global action to address El Niño

VIDEO: Sámi rapper SlinCraze encourages indigenous youth to celebrate culture

Colombia: UN refugee agency urges civilian safety amid rising displacement in country's western region

UN refugee agency reports some 1,000 refugees and migrants rescued off Italian coast

General Assembly elects Norwegian diplomat as head of UN environment programme

UN agricultural agency and European Union step up efforts to combat illegal timber trade

In Syria, head of UN agency for Palestine refugees calls for protection to be strengthened

Paris accord faces ‘first test’ at meeting on climate adaptation funding – UN rights expert

UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters


12 May 2016

In Portugal, Ban urges end of ‘horrible’ war in Syria in meeting with Syrian students

Iraq: UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Baghdad

Top UN and African Union officials condemn deadly violence at camp for displaced in North Darfur

Weak world economic growth lingers, with only modest improvement seen – UN

FEATURE: New amendment on safeguarding nuclear facilities comes into force, strengthening a weak link in nuclear security

UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

Syria: first 10 days of May ‘disappointing’ for humanitarian work – UN advisor

‘Closely following’ events in Brazil, Ban calls for calm and dialogue among all sectors of society

New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

Cambodia: UN experts urge end to attacks against civil society, human rights defenders

UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

‘New hope’ for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients announced by UN health agency

Yemen’s food situation on verge of ‘humanitarian disaster’ – UN

FEATURE: 317 days tied up in a cellar – a former hostage reflects on his ordeal and the need to do more to protect aid workers