11 December 2016 – Condemning the terrorist attack at the St. Peter's Church, attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council underlined that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.
10 December 2016 – A global effort to end violence against women is now underway: 16 days of activism began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against and will continue through 10 December, Human Rights Day galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.
10 December 2016 – Strongly condemning the outgoing Gambian President's rejection of the outcome of the Presidential election in the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council called on him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process.
09 December 2016 – Underlining the urgency to close the “digital divide” – socio-economic inequalities that impact access to or use of information and communication technologies – the 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) closed today with a call for concerted actions to ensure that all people in all countries are able to reap the benefits of the Internet.
09 December 2016 – Joint efforts by three United Nations agencies – the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – saw over 42,000 people in eastern Mosul receive food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, and baby hygiene kits yesterday, marking the largest humanitarian aid delivery since the beginning of the current conflict.
09 December 2016 – Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone's rights today, tomorrow and every day.”
09 December 2016 – Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.”
09 December 2016 – As winter closes in on Greece, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that improving living conditions for asylum-seekers and migrants is the ‘number one priority’ for humanitarian actors in the country and urged the European Union to speed up its relocation efforts.
09 December 2016 – Expressing “outrage” at the escalation of violence in Syria, particularly war-battered Aleppo, the General Assembly – the universal body comprising all 193 United Nations Members States – today adopted a resolution demanding an immediate and complete end to all attacks on civilians as well as an end to all sieges in war-ravaged country.
08 December 2016 – The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said today that the UN is “seriously concerned” by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine state and has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the “rule of law and accepted international norms,” and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians.