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On International Walk to School Day, UN envoy urges action to make roads safe for children

07 October 2015 – Marking International Walk to School Day, Jean Todt, the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, has is calling for urgent action to halt road deaths and traffic accidents, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), kill some 500 children a day.

UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic

07 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the killing of a ‘blue helmet’ from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which occurred yesterday in the capital, Bangui.

DR Congo: political tensions ‘running high’ ahead of 2016 elections, UN officials warn

07 October 2015 – The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the UN Security Council today that he cannot say with certainty whether the progress attained in the country is sustainable, or whether violence will erupt again and reverse what has been achieved so far.

UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

07 October 2015 – The United Nations today launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

Ban welcomes election of chief of UN-backed climate panel ahead of Paris conference

07 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change.

Top UN refugee official calls for renewed international focus on Afghanistan

07 October 2015 – The United Nations' most senior refugee official is appealing to the international community to refocus its attention on Afghanistan, warning that it would be dangerous to ignore the country, and praised Iran and Pakistan for hosting so many Afghan refugees.

Top UN officials 'shocked' by allegations against former General Assembly President

06 October 2015 – Top United Nations officials expressed today that they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced this morning by United States' federal prosecutors against John Ashe, a former President of the UN General Assembly.

Libya: Ban calls for urgent agreement on formation of Government of National Accord

06 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in the Libyan political dialogue to urgently conclude the process and sign an agreement leading to the formation of a Government of National Accord.

UNICEF calls for a joint vaccination plan in Sudan

06 October 2015 – Calling for a joint vaccination operational plan in Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today outlined the dire situation for thousands of children living in the Nuba Mountains, which remain inaccessible after four years while conflict in the country continues.

New UN trade report cites measures to ease financial uncertainty, boost growth in stagnant economies

06 October 2015 – According to the 2015 Trade and Development Report, launched today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), urgent measures must be taken to address critical issues in the global financial architecture to establish a more stable and inclusive international monetary system.