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Veteran Australian rights official appointed deputy UN human rights chief

01 December 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Kate Gilmore of Australia, a veteran United Nations, Government and non-governmental organization (NGOs) official, as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Sudan: unilateral sanctions hit innocent harder than political elites, warns UN rights expert

01 December 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged States to review their unilateral coercive measures imposed on Sudan over the past two decades, “given the developments taking place in the country since the imposition of the sanctions regimes.”

UNICEF calls for end to attacks on civilian infrastructure after air strike cuts water supplies to Aleppo

01 December 2015 – An air strike on a water treatment plant in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo last Thursday cut water supplies to some 3.5 million people, and while pumping has been partly restored, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that 1.4 million still have interruptions in their supply.

Renowned recording artist P!nk named newest UNICEF Ambassador

01 December 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Grammy award-winning recording artist P!nk as the newest UNICEF Ambassador, and announced that she will build on her current role as the agency’s Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about its lifesaving health and nutrition programmes around the world.

Iraq: ‘vicious circle of violence’ claims nearly 500 civilian lives in November, UN mission reports

01 December 2015 – Nearly 500 Iraqi civilians were killed in Iraq last month in a “vicious circle of violence,” ranging from acts of terrorism to armed conflict, as the total number of Iraqi casualties rose to more than 2,100, according to the UN Assistance Mission in the crisis-gripped country.

Thousands of stateless people granted nationality in Thailand – UN refugee agency

01 December 2015 – Welcoming Thailand’s announcement that it has granted nationality to more than 18,000 stateless people in the past several years, the United Nations refugee agency today hailed the move as a further step in accelerating the global campaign to end stateless by 2024.

Flow of refugee and migrant children into Greece doubles, UN agencies report

01 December 2015 – About a third of the refugees and migrants who have drowned in the Aegean Sea this year were children, while the number of children applying for asylum in the European Union has doubled compared to 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the increasing perils facing youngsters as winter takes hold.

COP21: UN spotlights need to protect forests and agriculture to improve livelihoods, feed the world

01 December 2015 – The impacts of climate change on forests and agriculture were in the spotlight today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), as new alliances among organizations and stakeholders were announced aiming to eliminate natural deforestation and forest degradation, and to prevent threats to sustainable farming and people’s livelihoods.

UN agency launches appeal to protect Palestinian refugees from winter’s harsh weather

01 December 2015 – Without international support, thousands of Palestinian refugees could be left in the cold this winter, a United Nations aid agency warned today, launching a $2-million ‘Share Your Warmth’ appeal to stave off the rigours of the bitter weather many now face.

Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit fishing to protect biodiversity

01 December 2015 – Taking a massive step towards ocean conservation, the island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries- and the first Pacific island state- to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of up to $23 billion each year and endanger biodiversity and food security in many countries, said the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today.