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Top UN officials 'shocked' by allegations against former General Assembly President

06 October 2015 – Top United Nations officials expressed today that they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced this morning by United States' federal prosecutors against John Ashe, a former President of the UN General Assembly.

Libya: Ban calls for urgent agreement on formation of Government of National Accord

06 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in the Libyan political dialogue to urgently conclude the process and sign an agreement leading to the formation of a Government of National Accord.

UNICEF calls for a joint vaccination plan in the Sudan

06 October 2015 – Calling for a joint vaccination operational plan in the Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today outlined the dire situation for thousands of children living in the Nuba Mountains, which remain inaccessible after four years while conflict in the country continues.

New UN trade report cites measures to ease financial uncertainty, boost growth in stagnant economies

06 October 2015 – According to the 2015 Trade and Development Report, launched today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), urgent measures must be taken to address critical issues in the global financial architecture to establish a more stable and inclusive international monetary system.

EU migration policy ‘will fail’ without comprehensive, human rights focus – UN rights chief

06 October 2015 – Warning that Europe’s “narrow, exclusion-focused [migration] policies have clearly failed,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged the European Union to make certain that upcoming policy discussions undertaken in light of the region’s refugee crisis are grounded firmly on the need to protect the human rights for all migrants.

Despite looting of aid agencies in Central African Republic UN pledges continued support

06 October 2015 – Despite worsening security conditions and the recent looting of international aid offices in the Central African Republic (CAR), prompting the temporarily relocation of 200 personnel, the United Nations today pledged to keep bringing aid into the war-torn country, where over half the population urgently needs assistance.

Mali: peace process ‘back on track’ but vigilance necessary, says UN envoy

06 October 2015 – The road towards peace and the implementation of an accord to end instability and violence in Mali is full of obstacles, the United Nations envoy for the country today told the Security Council, noting that these difficulties have been encountered sooner than he had expected.

UN agencies launch new standards to improve adolescent care worldwide

06 October 2015 – Two United Nations agencies – the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – announced today they have developed new standards for quality health-care services for adolescents, which aim to help countries improve services for people between the ages of 10 and 19.

Afghanistan: UN envoy says inquiry into fatal Kunduz hospital air strike must be ‘impartial’

05 October 2015 – Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, reiterated today the need for an impartial investigation into the deadly air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians this past Saturday.

Burkina Faso: Ban meets with transition President Kafando to discuss situation in country

05 October 2015 – In a meeting today with Michel Kafando, the Transitional President of Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his sympathy for the lives lost and the many injured during the coup d’état that took place on 16 September 2015.