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UN officials call for global consensus, preventive approach to combat terrorism and violent extremism

30 June 2016 – The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address “this major scourge of our time.”


Some 3.6 million Iraqi children in firing line and ‘relentlessly targeted,’ UN reports

30 June 2016 – One out of every five Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new United Nations report.


Feature: Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

30 June 2016 – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.


UN highlights risk reduction, mitigation to combat El Niño’s impact in Central America’s Dry Corridor

30 June 2016 – The international community must take urgent action to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are impacted by drought and other extreme-weather effects of the El Niño phenomenon, senior United Nations officials today said.


UN launching yellow fever vaccination campaigns on Angola-DRC border

29 June 2016 – Amid an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is launching pre-emptive vaccination campaigns to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread.


Syria: UN envoy urges ‘well prepared’ peace talks for concrete political transition

29 June 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria today said that the next round of the intra-Syrian talks must be well prepared to ensure the possibility of moving forward with the decisive outcome of a political transition in August.


UN chief appoints 12 experts to his task force to prevent and manage future health crises

29 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the membership of his Global Health Crises Task Force, which aims to help countries and communities prepare and respond to emergencies, such as the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika.


Situation in Ukraine remains ‘volatile,’ warns senior UN human rights official

29 June 2016 – Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.


Security Council extends mandates of UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan and Mali

29 June 2016 – The Security Council took action today on three United Nations-led peacekeeping operations, extending the mandates of operations in Mali, Darfur, and the Golan Heights.


INTERVIEW: Conversation with top UN official on security and peace efforts in Mali

29 June 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peace operation in Mali and increased its strength to more than 15,000 peacekeepers. The decision followed a request from the UN envoy in Mali to boost support for the peacekeeping mission.