Headlines at a glance


14 August 2015

UN human rights experts welcome release of Syrian human rights defenders

Ban appoints experienced UN official as acting head of mission in Central African Republic

Brazil must address prison overcrowding and implement measures against torture – UN expert

UN experts call on Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian as he awaits verdict

Helped by floating robots, UN-backed research ship scours Indian Ocean for plastic waste

Mali: senior UN official urges sustained support for relief efforts amid ongoing crisis

UN health agency kicks-off campaign honouring world’s health workers

UN agency assists Nigeria’s neighbours as escalating violence sparks waves of refugees

Syria: UN special envoy condemns indiscriminate shelling in civilian areas

Month-long blockade of aid routes lifted in South Sudan, allowing UN to access conflict-torn areas

Iraq: UN rights office hails reform package following countrywide protests

UN human rights office warns Burundi crisis ‘spiralling out of control’


13 August 2015

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ after deadly industrial explosions in northern China

Ban addresses top peacekeeping officials amid allegations of sexual abuse by UN 'blue helmets'

South Sudan: UN health agency ramps up efforts to tackle cholera outbreak

Head of UN food relief agency appeals for continued support to Syrian refugees

Senior UN official in Iraq deplores ‘cowardly’ terrorist attack that kills dozens at Baghdad market

At Security Council, top UN health officials spotlight role of emergency preparedness in Ebola fight

Ukraine: UN agency begins cash assistance programme to meet food needs in crisis-torn eastern areas

UN launches #ShareHumanity campaign spotlighting humanitarian crises around the globe

Libyan parties say ‘no alternative’ to peace outside UN-sponsored dialogue process

New UN agency report shows ‘unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in Gaza

Appealing for peace and sufficient funding, top UN relief official says world ‘must not fail’ people of Yemen


12 August 2015

Security Council calls on Guinea-Bissau’s leadership to resume dialogue

Tajikistan’s sectoral reform must prioritize sanitation and drinking water for most vulnerable – UN expert

UN and international envoys urge Burundi Government to forge ‘new path’ through dialogue

Secretary-General appoints seasoned Afghan diplomat as UN Special Representative for Liberia

Myanmar: praising Government-led flood response, UN relief official pledges support as more rains forecast

Central African Republic: Ban vows ‘decisive action’ on allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

Africa moves a step closer to polio eradication, but more work to be done – UN

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist Azerbaijan, calls for investigation

Stringent hygiene protocols keep classrooms in West Africa free of Ebola, other infections – UNICEF

In Jordan, head of UN food relief agency urges increased funding for Syrian refugees

On Youth Day, UN officials urge Member States to make young people ‘drivers of change’


11 August 2015

Free voices are vital ‘partners not threats,’ UN rights expert tells government after Myanmar visit

Mali: UN alarmed at release of human rights abusers; warns de facto amnesty contrary to international law

Central African Republic: Ban 'dismayed' by allegations of abuse by UN 'blue helmets'

With political will, Libyan parties can reach settlement by month’s end – UN envoy

UN body stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving sustainable development goals

UNICEF offers support to Pakistan authorities as child abuse investigation continues

World must invest in new sustainable development agenda, UN official stresses

Yemen: amid food crisis, UN expert warns of deliberate starvation of civilians

Central African Republic: UN releases funds for humanitarian aid amid ongoing crisis


10 August 2015

UN rights expert urges Mauritania to repeal bill threatening civil society groups

UN chief voices concern over tensions on Korean Peninsula

At event to mark International Day, Ban urges better healthcare for world’s indigenous peoples

Ban condemns series of terrorist attacks in Turkey

In video call, UN chief says education remains ‘passport to dignity’ for Gaza’s children

Iraq: UN agency forced to cut critical food aid amid funding shortfall

Israeli settlement expansion ‘root cause’ of growing violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories – UN experts