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294 stories found over the past 45 days
Urging end to ‘delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala’s genocide trial

27 August 2015 – United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law,” when the genocide trial against the country’s former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016.


Ban strongly condemns use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria conflict

27 August 2015 – Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict and stressed that the entire international community has the responsibility to hold the perpetrators to account.


Clashes in Central African Republic force thousands to seek refuge at UN peacekeeping base

27 August 2015 – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today.


UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end ‘immense suffering’ of Syrians

27 August 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to do everything in its power to push for a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, as he described the immense suffering and destruction he witnessed for himself during a recent visit.


Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway’s Arctic seed vault for future generations – UN

27 August 2015 – As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, today witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposited to the “safety box” in Arctic seed vault.


As Libyan political talks resume, UN envoy urges parties to set aside differences, agree unity government

27 August 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that a round of Libyan political dialogue began today in Skhirat, Morocco, with discussions expected to focus on expediting the process towards finalizing the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.


UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020

27 August 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.


Aid community must scale up support to troubled Lake Chad region, urges senior UN official

27 August 2015 – A senior United Nations relief official today called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multifaceted humanitarian challenges affecting Chad, the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world.


UN humanitarian agencies reach thousands of South Sudanese cut off for months

27 August 2015 – Emergency relief teams from the United Nations have managed to reach more than 27,000 people in a town in South Sudan cut off by insecurity since March where “there were only some fish and a few tomatoes for sale in the market, and almost nobody had the means to buy them.”


Ban welcomes South Sudanese leader Kiir’s signature of agreement to resolve conflict

27 August 2015 – Welcoming President Salva Kiir’s signing of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move is “a critical and necessary step towards ending the 20 month-long conflict that has devastated [the country] and subjected its people to unspeakable suffering.”