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Syria’s war continues ‘unabated and with total impunity,’ Security Council told

26 February 2015 – In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior United Nations relief officials warned today that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity.


In Paraguay, UN chief says 2015 a ‘pivotal year’ for international community

26 February 2015 – In an intensive year of landmark events – from establishing a post-2015 agenda to tackling climate change – Paraguay has yet another opportunity to demonstrate its “exceptional global leadership” in the international arena, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has affirmed.


UN-backed treaty set to mark 10 years of dramatic change in tobacco use worldwide

26 February 2015 – A World Health Organization-led treaty that aims to achieve a tobacco-free world has dramatically curbed tobacco use worldwide since its entry into force 10 years ago tomorrow, but “the war on tobacco is far from over” with the tobacco industry still spending billions to promote products that are expected to kill some 8 million people each year by 2030, the United Nations health agency said.


Security Council condemns abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians, as well as the destruction and desecration of Christian and other sites in northeast Syria this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


UN envoy for Lebanon visits refugee camps, pledges support to deal with influx of Syrians

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag today expressed support to Middle East country as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria.


Ban concerned by reported loss of life in Venezuela as Government forces, protesters clash

26 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over new reports of violence and loss of life in Venezuela amid a Government clampdown of protests in the South American country.


UN rights expert urges Belgium to boost fight against modern slavery

26 February 2015 – Despite its comprehensive approach to tackling modern forms of slavery, the Government of Belgium must further sharpen its focus on proper victim detection and identification, a United Nations independent expert declared today.


Iraq: UNESCO outraged over terrorist attack against Mosul museum

26 February 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites today said that she is “deeply shocked” by the footage depicting the destruction of statues and other artefacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq.


Yemen: Security Council calls on all parties to stay committed to peaceful political transition

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council called for all parties in Yemen, including the Houthis, to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, according to a press statement released yesterday.


'We must not fail in Gaza' say UN agencies, joining global call to action

26 February 2015 – United Nations agencies and offices are expressing alarm over the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those affected by last summer's fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip.