UN News stories

355 stories found over the past 45 days
Iraq: UN envoy welcomes armed forces victory against ISIL in Tikrit

01 April 2015 – The top UN official in Iraq has welcomed the recent victories of the Iraqi Security Forces in liberating the town of Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups.

Thailand must end ‘criminalization’ of dissenting voices – UN expert

01 April 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged the Government of Thailand to immediately and unequivocally distance itself from the “intimidating” statements made by its leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in which he threatened the freedom and lives of the country’s journalists.

Ban appoints new head of UN Environment Programme’s New York office

01 April 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago as the new Assistant Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) New York office, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.

Widows’ eviction highlights need to abolish Tanzania’s discriminatory laws, UN experts say

01 April 2015 – Tanzania should take steps to revise or repeal laws, customs and practices that discriminate against women, a United Nations Committee said today after considering the case of two widows who were prevented from inheriting their late husbands’ property and were left homeless.

International Criminal Court welcomes Palestine as State Party to the Rome Statute

01 April 2015 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomed the Palestine as the 123rd State Party to its founding Rome Statute today, in a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague in The Netherlands.

UN agency launches project to boost agricultural production in northern Mali

01 April 2015 – A new project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of some 33,000 households affected by armed conflict and climate change in northern Mali has been launched today by the country’s Government and the United Nations agriculture agency.

‘Children urgently need our protection,’ warns UN child rights envoy as casualties mount in Yemen

01 April 2015 – Alarmed by the rising number of child casualties in Yemen, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui today urged all parties involved in military operations “avoid creating new risks” for crisis-torn country's children and to adhere to international law.

‘Roots of conflict’ must be addressed to defeat Boko Haram, says top UN rights official

01 April 2015 – Expansive economic, social and political opportunities are key to reducing Nigeria’s smouldering ethnic and sectarian tensions and countering the growing threat posed by Boko Haram, the top United Nations human rights official declared today.

In phone call, UN chief congratulates Nigeria’s President-elect Buhari

01 April 2015 – Taking note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him, and called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.

UN agency concerned over plight of refugees after 2 Iraqis die at Bulgarian border

31 March 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that people needing international protection are being blocked from entering the European Union, citing the deaths of two Iraqi men who were in a group of 12 Yazidi people allegedly beaten by Bulgarian border guards.