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Libya: UN condemns string of suicide attacks, urges continued political dialogue

23 May 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a spate of suicide bombings committed by Islamist terrorists in what it says is a blatant effort to undermine the country's ongoing political dialogue.


UN chief disappointed as Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclear non-proliferation

23 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of Member States to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


In Hanoi, Ban says Viet Nam and UN 'natural partners' in quest for global peace, sustainable development

23 May 2015 – In a year of critical efforts against climate change and growing global security challenges, Viet Nam's strong commitment to sustainable development and international peace have made it a “natural” partner of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Senior UN official voices deep concern about human rights challenges in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

23 May 2015 – Concern about the shrinking of the democratic space in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, has stressed the importance of broadening the dialogue that has begun between the Government and the opposition.


Marking International Day, UN urges world to seek end of obstetric fistula 'in our lifetime'

22 May 2015 – Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth, affecting at least two million women and girls worldwide and leaving them isolated from communities, the United Nations spotlighted ahead of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


Adopting resolution, Security Council urges broader global cooperation to tackle illicit transfer of small arms

22 May 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging stronger cooperation in stemming the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they caused to civilians.


UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could 'muzzle' dissent

22 May 2015 – Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression, a United Nations expert on the issue today urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.


UN welcomes 200 people brought ashore but warns 3,500 more stranded in Southeast Asian waters

22 May 2015 – More than 200 people stranded off the Myanmar coast were brought to shore today, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to welcome the landing and appeal for the rescue of 3,500 others in distress at sea, saying “the priority is to save lives by getting people safely off these boats as soon as possible.”


Iraq: as Ramadi fighting intensifies, UN food agency rushes supplies to thousands displaced

22 May 2015 – As tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting in the Ramadi district of Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food assistance there, a spokesperson confirmed in Geneva today, as she appealed for $108 million to continue operations in the country until October 2015.


Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’ – UN chief

22 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United Nations.