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Ban welcomes new post-2020 climate targets submitted by China and Republic of Korea

30 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's formal submission of post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by both the China and the Republic of Korea.


Ban urges global community to help Syria end ‘cataclysmic conflict’

30 June 2015 – The international community should be ashamed that three years since the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué on Syria, the Middle Eastern country’s “cataclysmic conflict” continues unabated, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Michael Møller of Denmark, appointed Director-General of the United Nations office at Geneva

30 June 2015 – Michael Møller, of Denmark, was appointed today as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


World must prioritize social protection as primary development tool, urge UN and World Bank

30 June 2015 – Now it is time for universal social protection to ensure no one is left behind, the heads of the International Labour Organization and the World Bank declared today, noting that universal primary education became a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in 2000, and 12 years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing universal health coverage.


Better science needed to guide policy decisions for sustainable development – UN report

30 June 2015 – A new United Nations flagship report launched today finds that solutions to the challenges to people and planet must build on clear scientific findings in order to be sustainable.


Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis – UN health agency

30 June 2015 – Cuba has become the world’s first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, “a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation,” the World Health Organization announced today.


UN rights office urges Mexican authorities to pursue investigation into extrajudicial killings

30 June 2015 – The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Mexico to extend their investigations into a series of alleged extrajudicial executions and human rights violations committed by authorities last year.


Cholera eradication in Haiti will take ‘some years,’ says outgoing UN coordinator

30 June 2015 – While some 16,000 new cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti so far this year, the disease is now under control but it will not be eradicated unless improving water and sanitation conditions are given a higher priority by both the Government and donors, says the outgoing United Nations official tasked with leading the response to the outbreak.


Risky occupations drive vulnerability in Latin America and Caribbean region, UN warns

30 June 2015 – Half of the 220 million “vulnerable” men and women in the in Latin America and Caribbean region – who live slightly above the poverty line but below middle-class levels – are working under precarious conditions, according to initial findings of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Year of sustained violence across Iraq has hit children hardest, UN says

30 June 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that over the past year in Iraq, it has seen a 75 per cent increase in grave violations against children that include killing and maiming, abduction, recruitment as soldiers, sexual violence, attacks against schools and denial of humanitarian access.