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On World Day against Death Penalty, UN says practice deters neither drug crimes nor abuse

10 October 2015 – The death penalty does not deter drug crimes, nor does it protect people from drug abuse, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reiterating the world body's ongoing call to abolish the practice altogether, while emphasizing that if used, that it be applied only to the crime of intentional killing.

Everyone is entitled to a life of dignity, Ban says on World Mental Health Day

10 October 2015 – Everyone has the right to respect and dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared in his message on World Mental Health Day, highlighting that people who have mental health and psychosocial disabilities deserve to live with the dignity that is integral to a healthy and fulfilling life.

Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan, urges inclusive dialogue towards lasting peace

09 October 2015 – Extending for two months the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), the Security Council urged the parties to implement a recent peace deal and adjusting the operation’s activities, requesting the Secretary-General to prioritize the deployment if unarmed unmanned aerial systems and to make available technical assistance for setting up a hybrid court as called for in the peace agreement.

‘The stakes are high,’ UN chief tells climate finance meeting in Peru

09 October 2015 – Stressing that financial resources are central to meeting the goals of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that in order to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that benefits everybody, allocating appropriate finance is of key importance.

Afghanistan: UN agency begins humanitarian assistance to families fleeing Kunduz

09 October 2015 – Afghans who fled fighting in Kunduz have received bread baked from wheat flour fortified with vitamins and minerals along with other food supplies, but the World Food Programme (WFP) is “seriously concerned” about the safety and food security of people remaining in the north-eastern province.

Survival of postal service hinges on ability to quickly change, innovate, UN highlights on World Day

09 October 2015 – On World Post Day, the head of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is highlighting that the future of postal services strongly depends on their ability to innovate and to embrace new technologies.

Civilians killed by air strikes at Yemeni wedding party ‘deeply disturbing,’ says UN humanitarian chief

09 October 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official today said he was “deeply disturbed” by the news of civilians being killed by coalition air strikes that hit a wedding party in Yemen’s Dhamar Governorate yesterday.

Top UN officials urge Libyan parties to endorse proposals on new unity government

09 October 2015 – Following the proposal of the names of candidates for the presidency for a national unity government in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged parties to the Libyan “not to squander this opportunity to put the country back on the path to building a State that reflects the spirit and ambitions of the 2011 revolution.”

Warning against ‘toxic public debates,’ UN official urges global compact on refugee and asylum matters

08 October 2015 – The top protection expert in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of a growing risk to people fleeing conflict and persecution and called for “an all-out effort to ensure that protection, and in particular the institution of asylum, remains life-saving, non-political, and fundamentally humanitarian.”

New UN report shows global youth unemployment rate still above financial crisis levels

08 October 2015 – Global youth unemployment rates have stabilized somewhat but remain well above pre-financial crisis levels, according to a new report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) today.