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At first-ever summit, speakers stress central role of police in UN peace operations

03 June 2016 – United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.

‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, UN relief chief warns Security Council

03 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official said today he remains extremely concerned about the welfare of civilians across Syria, who he said continue to face “horrific deprivation and violence,” particularly those trapped in besieged areas.

UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for greater efforts for children fleeing Syria conflict

03 June 2016 – Following a two-day visit to Lebanon, singer Ricky Martin, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has called for greater efforts to safeguard the futures of millions of children affected by the Syrian conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.

AIDS epidemic still driven by human rights violations, UN experts warn

03 June 2016 – Ahead of next week’s high-level meeting on ending AIDS by 2030, United Nations independent experts are warning that the epidemic is still being driven by human rights violations, urging all Governments to remove punitive laws, policies and practices.

In Paris, Ban calls for ‘courage and legitimacy’ to achieve peace in Middle East

03 June 2016 – Terror, violence and the incitement that fuel them, along with the ongoing settlement enterprise and the lack of unity between Gaza and the West Bank are all obstacles that must be overcome on the path towards achieving peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to exercise its influence to help reach this goal.

Sudan: Five years on, refugees still fleeing conflict in South Kordofan, UN reports

03 June 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today warned that tragically people are still fleeing violence in Sudan’s South Kordofan State, most crossing into neighbouring South Sudan, as the conflict marks its fifth year this weekend.

After two years of conflict, situation in eastern Ukraine remains ‘grim’ – UN report

03 June 2016 – A new report by the United Nations human rights office shows that, after two years of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights, especially for those living near the contact line and in territories controlled by armed groups.

Top relief official says UN and partners doing ‘everything they can’ for people in Fallujah

02 June 2016 – Expressing his deep concern at the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah in Iraq, the most senior United Nations relief official today underlined that the Organization and its partners are doing everything they can to scale up humanitarian assistance.

Iraq: despite hundreds killed in May, UN says will of civilians ‘remains unshaken’

02 June 2016 – A total of 867 Iraqis were killed and another 1,459 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2016, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

UN advisor foresees more humanitarian deliveries this month to besieged areas in Syria

02 June 2016 – United Nations Senior Advisor Jan Egeland said today there are plans to go to 11 besieged areas in Syria in the next few days, following the delivery yesterday of humanitarian supplies in the city of Darayya for the first time since it was besieged in 2012.