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UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row for drug crimes

25 April 2015 – The Secretary-General appealed today to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.


UN official in Darfur says mission's peacekeepers acted proportionately in response to attacks

25 April 2015 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today reiterated that its peacekeepers responded proportionately to two attacks launched against them by armed men in Kass, South Darfur, this week.


Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

25 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country today.


UN chief welcomes progress in fight against malaria, calls for more work to continue momentum

25 April 2015 – In a message to mark World Malaria Day today, the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the UN health agency reported in 2014 that the rate at which people are dying from malaria had halved since the turn of the century.


UN resumes vaccination drive for three million children in West Africa

24 April 2015 – For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio.


Ban appoints new deputy head of humanitarian operations in Lebanon

24 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.


UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

24 April 2015 – Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers.


Amid rising death toll in Yemen, UN urges humanitarian access, respect for international law

24 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights office said today that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children.


Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with 'bold response' – UN relief officials

24 April 2015 – The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the “numbness to the senseless violence”, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.


Mediterranean crisis: UN welcomes EU measures on migrants, urges more comprehensive action

24 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency welcomed the European Union's (EU) mobilization of resources in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, while also urging increased efforts aimed at saving lives and integrating asylum seekers in accordance with human rights.