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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.


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.


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.


As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds 'strong collaboration' on reaching UN's goals

10 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN's advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body's lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.


UN health agency delivers medical aid inside Yemen's Taiz city after blocked entry

10 February 2016 – Following months of blocked access to the Yemeni city of Taiz, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today it has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to meet the most urgent needs of those with limited access to humanitarian aid.


Central African Republic: UN report urges steps to end impunity for rights abuses

10 February 2016 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for the second round of presidential elections this weekend, a new United Nations report detailing violations and human rights abuses in the strife-torn nation's capital late last year has prompted the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there to call for urgent measures in the fight against impunity and to prevent future violations.