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Syria: diplomats agree ‘cessation of hostilities;’ UN rights chief warns of dire situation in Aleppo

11 February 2016 – As the United Nations human rights chief warned today of “shocking” violence and abuses in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of war-ravaged Syria, top-level diplomats meeting in Munich on ending the crisis agreed to work out the terms of nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week.


Ban appoints Senegalese General as UN Force Commander for Central African Republic

11 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin

11 February 2016 – Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.


Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on camp for displaced persons in northeast Nigeria

11 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria.


In Canada, Ban applauds country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

11 February 2016 – During his fifth visit to Canada as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today applauded the country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, stressing that they “deserve opportunity, human rights protection and peace.”


UN presses donors to continue vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania

11 February 2016 – Three United Nations humanitarian agencies today urged donors to mobilize the necessary resources to maintain the vital assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania.


'They are our strongest allies,' UN political chief says, urging efforts to engage terrorism victims

11 February 2016 – At a Headquarters conference on the human rights of terrorism victims, the top United Nations political official today urged Member States to engage with victims of terrorism and violent extremism, especially the young and the vulnerable, to build on previous commitments and ensure that their human rights are fully respected.


'The world needs science and science needs women,' says UN on new International Day

11 February 2016 – More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science.


New UN report reveals devastating human toll of disasters in 'hottest year on record'

11 February 2016 – A new analysis issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that 2015 – the hottest year on record – confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards.


INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’

10 February 2016 – Atefah “Atti” Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times – a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.