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As South Sudan fighting intensifies, UN rights chief warns of ‘persistent impunity’

22 May 2015 – The escalation of fighting in South Sudan has resulted in “alarming gross violations” of international human rights and humanitarian law as well as having exacted a terrible toll on the young nation’s civilian population, the United Nations human rights chief confirmed today.


In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Vietnam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Truong Tan Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping shape a new development agenda.


Nepal: UN health agency marks one month since devastating earthquake as it ramps up aid

22 May 2015 – Nearly one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, flattening large swathes of the country’s Kathmandu valley and affecting millions of people, the United Nations health agency is continuing its emergency response aimed at saving lives and addressing the urgent health needs of the Himalayan nation.


Sustainable Energy for All 2015 – 'Converting commitments to kilowatts '

22 May 2015 – More than a billion people – one in five globally – lack electricity to light their homes or conduct business, according to a recent World Bank report. Nearly three billion rely on dangerous, polluting fuels – such as wood, charcoal and animal dung – to cook and heat their homes.


UN refugee chief urges support for appeal to help displaced Burundians as cholera declared in camp

22 May 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today led a call to provide protection and assistance for up to 200,000 Burundian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries amid ongoing political turmoil, violence and intimidation at home.


On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development, eradicating poverty

22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.


In meeting with Republic of Korea President, Ban spotlights critical importance of post-2015 agenda

21 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today wrapping up his visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) following a meeting with the country’s president Park Geun-hye and an appeal for greater dialogue across Asia, the United Nations confirmed today.


2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.


Saving lives of migrants stranded in Southeast Asian waters should remain a priority – UN experts

21 May 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today welcomed the Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai leaders’ decision not to pushback asylum seekers arriving in their territorial waters and urged the international community to assist those countries financially to protect the human rights of all migrants.


Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

21 May 2015 – After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.