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Incoming President says main UN economic and social body must evolve and adapt

24 July 2015 – Opening the first meeting of its 2016 session today, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) elected Oh Joon, of Republic of Korea as its new President, who spotlighted the vital work – for the Council and the wider Organization – as the international community transitions from the landmark Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 development agenda.


UN rights office renews concern after Cambodian Senate adopts law with ‘chilling effect’ on civil society

24 July 2015 – A draft law adopted today by Cambodia’s legislative wing “threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society” and the crucial work that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out in the country, the United Nations human rights office has warned.


Yemen: as conflict disrupts education for nearly two million children, UNICEF backs ‘catch-up’ classes

24 July 2015 – With intensive bombardments and street fighting in Yemen forcing more than 3,600 schools across the country to close and disrupting education for some 1.8 million children, the top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official there appealed today to the warring parties to respect the safety of schools.


UN experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

23 July 2015 – In retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights bodies, a group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s State-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists.


‘Sanctity of life paramount,’ UN relief chief says in South Sudan, spotlighting need to protect civilians

23 July 2015 – Mid-way through a four-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator reviewed aid operations in the warn-torn country today, stressing that “everything” should be done to protect civilians from violence.


Decisive action by Israel and Palestinians can dispel view that peace process ‘on life support’ – UN envoy

23 July 2015 – Welcoming the recent stated commitment by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a peaceful solution to the region’s most enduring crisis, the United Nations special envoy on the Middle East told the Security Council today that such words need to be translated into “concrete and sustained actions on the ground.”


Top UN relief official in Central African Republic urgently appeals for halt in attacks on aid workers

22 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) condemned today the surge in violence against aid workers in the country and appealed to all belligerents to allow them to do their jobs safely, particularly in the wake of a recent attack against a UN food convoy on a major supply route killed its driver.


UN human rights experts renew calls to visit US to advance criminal justice reforms

21 July 2015 – Following last week’s unprecedented visit by United States President Barak Obama to a prison in Oklahoma, United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the US Government to facilitate their respective requests to carry out an official visit to the country to advance criminal justice reform.


Yemen: first UN food aid arrives in Aden as intense fighting takes ‘serious toll’ on civilians

21 July 2015 – In “a major breakthrough,” the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced that its first ship since conflict erupted in Yemen in March berthed today in the port of Aden after repeated attempts to reach huge numbers of increasingly desperate people and as intense fighting continues to take a serious toll on civilians.


UN Mission condemns surge in armed attacks on main supply route in Central African Republic

20 July 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) today condemned a recent series of armed attacks perpetrated by rebel elements.