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Nigeria: Ban strongly condemns Boko Haram attacks targeting Muslims and Christians

07 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned attacks by Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria's northeast states of Borno and Yobe.


UN rights chief concerned by 'broad scope' of China's new security law

07 July 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern about the human rights implications regarding the scope of a new law on national security adopted by China on 1 July.


'Gaza is still in crisis' one year after hostilities, UN relief official warns, urging stepped-up recovery efforts

07 July 2015 – One year after the escalation of hostilities in Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation and the slow pace of reconstruction there.


Development financing conference to agree 'concrete' action on social protection, aid delivery – UN official

07 July 2015 – The senior United Nations official who will act as head of the upcoming Third International Conference of Financing for Development, to be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, announced today that among the meeting's “concrete deliverables” would be a commitment to establish a new technology bank for the least developed countries by 2017.


UN health agency recommends taxing tobacco products to curb deadly global epidemic

07 July 2015 – Only one in 10 of people now live in countries that levy taxes of more than 75 per cent on a pack of cigarettes despite the fact that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill one person every 6 seconds, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.


Yemen: amid 'massive' humanitarian crisis, UN reports civilian death toll now exceeds 1,500

07 July 2015 – The United Nations human rights office is among several key UN entities voicing deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen that has more than 1,500 civilians dead, 3,600 injured and 1 million displaced in three months of violence.


Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

07 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.


After missteps on Ebola, WHO must re-establish itself as 'guardian of global public health' – review panel

07 July 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the report issued today by a panel of experts tasked to look into the agency's response to the unprecedented 2014 Ebola outbreak, which said that WHO needs to re-establish its pre-eminence as the guardian of global public health and that this will require it to make significant changes throughout, with strong political and financial support from Member States.


South Sudan: UN Mission deplores killing of civilian in Organization compound

07 July 2015 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned “in the strongest terms” the fatal shooting of an internally displaced person (IDP) at one of its 'protection-of-civilians' sites – the second attack of its kind to strike the African nation and the Organization in less than a week.


UN chief says further probe needed to ‘finally establish the facts’ of Dag Hammarskjöld’s death

06 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that “a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts” of the death of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, along with 15 others more than 50 years ago.