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UN humanitarian agencies mobilize assistance amid renewed fighting in Iraq

19 April 2015 – The United Nations' humanitarian agencies are rushing support to thousands of Iraqis fleeing a flare-up in hostilities throughout the country's Anbar Governate, the Organization confirmed today.


'Make global goals a global reality': UN chief urges climate action at Earth Day concert

19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”


DOHA: UN conference ends with call for concrete action on crime prevention and criminal justice

19 April 2015 – As the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ground down to a close today in Doha, Qatar, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on Member States to implement the Doha Declaration and take definitive action on comprehensive crime prevention and criminal justice policies and strategies.


UN urges 'robust' rescue operations for refugees following largest migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean

19 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed shock at the news of the latest boat capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea in which hundreds of people are feared lost, adding that such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.


UN envoy condemns outbreak of violence in Libyan capital amid ongoing political talks

18 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has strongly condemned the renewed outbreak of violence in the Libyan capital of Tripoli amid ongoing political dialogue aimed at resolving the crisis in the country.


In Washington, UN chief urges finance leaders to 'plant seeds' of post-2015 agenda

18 April 2015 – Financing will be key for the creation and unveiling of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as he stressed that 2015 marked a time of global action for people and the planet.


Afghanistan: UN condemns 'brutal' suicide attack in Jalalabad

18 April 2015 – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonoviæ, has strongly condemned the “brutal” suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.


DOHA: At UN conference, UN agencies urge Member States to act on new standards for eliminating violence against children

18 April 2015 – United Nations officials gathered at the UN Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, have called on Member States to take action and implement the new international standards on the elimination of violence against children adopted late last year, stressing that such violence continues to have a devastating effect on children, families, and society as a whole.


UN envoy on Middle East peace welcomes release of Palestinian tax revenues

18 April 2015 – The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities – a move in line with the Paris Protocol.


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.