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149 stories found over the past 45 days
UN urges Europe to ‘put human life, rights and dignity first’ in response to Mediterranean crisis

23 April 2015 – The most senior United Nations officials dealing respectively with refugees, human rights, and migration and development, have appealed strongly to European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first when agreeing today a common response to what they called the “tragedy of epic proportions” unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea, where some 1,600 people have died this year trying to flee their strife-torn homelands.


On World Book Day, UN hails reading and writing as pillars of sustainable societies

23 April 2015 – As global symbols of social progress, books have always been targets for those who reject freedom and tolerance, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education said today on World Book and Copyright Day, calling the occasion an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change lives for the better.


Ahead of World Immunization Week, UN warns global vaccination targets ‘far off track’

22 April 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization today warned that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is “far off track,” with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.


UN food relief agency ‘extremely worried’ about missing staff in volatile South Sudan

22 April 2015 – The World Food Programme today drew attention to the disappearance of three of its staff members who went missing earlier this month when fighting reportedly erupted along their food distribution route in volatile Malakal South Sudan, where more than 2 million people are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.


Yemen: UN agency warns of deteriorating health situation amid ongoing fighting

21 April 2015 – The health situation in Yemen is steadily deteriorating as escalating hostilities impede civilian access to critical health services, according to a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO).


At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

21 April 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community “in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve” against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.


At Security Council, UN chief urges return to two-State negotiations for Israel and Palestine

21 April 2015 – The prospects of a two-State solution in the Middle East are getting dimmer with potentially explosive consequences for the entire region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he urged the international community to boost efforts at bringing both Israeli and Palestinian delegations back to the negotiating table.


‘Swift, courageous’ action needed to stem tide of illegal migration – UNICEF

21 April 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.


Ban urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit

20 April 2015 – Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General today stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people.


Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN officials urge continued investment in fight against the disease

20 April 2015 – Although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for malaria control and elimination targets remains essential for a post-2015 future, top United Nations officials declared today.