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166 stories found over the past 45 days
On international day, UN spotlights history and power of jazz in building peace

30 April 2016 – Jazz is a universal message of peace that harmonizes rhythm and meaning, carries values significant for every woman and man, and provides unique opportunities for mutual understanding, the top United Nations cultural official said today, as music enthusiasts around the world celebrate International Jazz Day.


In Geneva, Ban welcomes first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in Games

29 April 2016 – During a visit to Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.


In recorded vote, Security Council approves one year extension of UN mission in Western Sahara

29 April 2016 – The Security Council today, by recorded vote, adopted a resolution extending for one year the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), emphasizing “the urgent need for the mission to return to full functionality.”


Mozambique: UN reports ‘worrying’ information about human rights violations

29 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights office said today it has received “worrying information” about ongoing armed clashes in Mozambique between national security forces and members of Renamo, the former rebel group which became the main opposition party at the end of the 16-year civil war in 1992.


In Malawi, people with albinism face ‘total extinction’– UN rights expert

29 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today warned that the atrocities faced by persons with albinism in Malawi render them “an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.”


'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria

29 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.


Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council

28 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.


Ukraine: Security Council meets on situation with sense of ‘urgency and hope’

28 April 2016 – As the conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine enters its third year, the United Nations Security Council today met with both a sense of urgency and hope, as described by a senior UN political official.


Security Council approves final extension for UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, citing ‘remarkable’ progress

28 April 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire for a final period, extending it until the end of June next year, and also decided to terminate all arms, travel and financial sanctions against the country, with immediate effect.


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.