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Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest crops, get it to those in need – UN

26 May 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need.


Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’ on migration and refugees

26 May 2015 – As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges.


Tanzania cholera epidemic improving but ‘significant challenges’ still remain – UN

26 May 2015 – United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization's refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today amid a tapering off in the number of reported deaths among both Burundian refugees and locals.


Lebanon: as security challenges grow, top UN official in country urges end to political vacuum

25 May 2015 – The vacuum in the post of Lebanon's presidency has undermined the country's ability to address a range of growing security, economic and social challenges, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, warned today.


At UN meteorological forum, experts meet to discuss post-2015 action plan, climate change

25 May 2015 – With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming.


Concluding Ireland visit, UN chief tells refugee community world must provide ‘safe avenues of migration’

25 May 2015 – The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees.


Nepal: with monsoon season nearing, UN races humanitarian relief to quake-affected communities

25 May 2015 – Marking one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing thousands and devastating large swathes of the country's Kathmandu valley, the United Nations relief arm is continuing to intensify its humanitarian operations as it supports national and local authorities with critical life-saving efforts.


On Africa Day, UN chief spotlights continent’s achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015

25 May 2015 – Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the courage and determination it took to make remarkable progress to end the Ebola outbreak and urging leaders to commit to ending violence against women and empower them.


In Ireland, UN’s Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

24 May 2015 – Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights challenges, the international community is enduring a “time of test” which demands strong global cooperation and bold action, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed.


Somalia: UN official condemns killing of parliamentarian, reiterates support for political process

24 May 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned a deadly attack against two Somali Members of Parliament (MP) and reiterated the Organization's support for the country's democratic process.