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Ban urges insurance industry leaders to play strong role in shaping more sustainable future

17 June 2015 – As a major source of long-term investment, the insurance industry can and must play a strong role in shaping a more sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the industry to show strong leadership and voice support for a host of upcoming United Nations-led initiatives aimed at ensuring a more sustainable world for all.


UN agency airlifts lifesaving survival kits to displaced in hard-to-reach areas of South Sudan

17 June 2015 – The United Nations agriculture agency has launched an emergency airlift operation in South Sudan and has distributed to families fleeing violence in hard-to-reach areas supplies ranging from nutritional biscuits for children, mosquito nets, vegetable seeds, water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts.


Azerbaijan: UN rights office urges Government to ensure free expression and association

16 June 2015 – Voicing concern over “a shrinking democratic space” in Azerbaijan as human rights defenders, journalists and Government critics are increasingly being deprived of their liberty, the United Nations rights office today called on the authorities to galvanize efforts to safeguard the freedoms of expression and association in the country.


‘Essential shifts’ needed for UN to tackle new peacekeeping challenges, report reveals

16 June 2015 – Focus on the political solutions, responsive and flexible operations, stronger partnerships and field-focused and people-centered mandates; these are the essential shifts the United Nations must urgently address as it faces challenging new landscapes in peacekeeping and conflict prevention, the chair of a high-level expert panel said today, introducing a long-awaited report at the world body’s New York Headquarters.


UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products

16 June 2015 – Next time you are in the shower using a refreshing exfoliating shower gel, take a moment to check what the scrubbing agents are made of. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), chances are pretty high they are made of tiny plastic beads, and by the time the container is empty, you will have used and poured down the drain as much plastic as the packaging the gel came in.


South Sudan: amid ‘intensifying’ crisis, UN and European Union mobilize $275 million in aid

16 June 2015 – To tackle the humanitarian impact of the “relentlessly deteriorating” crisis in South Sudan, the European Union and the United Nations today announced that more than $275 million has been pledged in support of the victims in the country and the wider region.


Thousands flee Syria for Turkey, escaping aggression between rival military forces – UN refugee agency

16 June 2015 – New fighting in northern Syria has forced 23,135 refugees – some 70 per cent of whom are women and children – to flee across the border into Turkey's Sanliurfa province, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Greek islands under ‘tremendous strain’ as hundreds of refugees arrive daily – UN

16 June 2015 – More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year, with hundreds arriving every day in inflatable dinghies and wooden boats, putting a “tremendous strain” on the communities that receive them and worsening conditions for the new arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Yemen: UN reports uptick in civilian deaths as fighting in country continues

16 June 2015 – The civilian cost of the Yemen crisis continues to grow amid the country’s ongoing hostilities, according to the latest figures released today by the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR).


General Assembly elects former Danish Foreign Minister as President of 70th session

15 June 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its upcoming 70th session.