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Valuing women’s work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality – UN labour agency

26 October 2015 – Applauding the decision by Member States to include gender equality as a key plank of the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda, a senior United Nations labour agency official has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, and urged governments to commit to this achievable, basic right.

UN condemns attack on human rights workers in Afghanistan that killed two, injured six

26 October 2015 – The top UN official in Afghanistan has condemned the killing of two human rights workers today by a remote-controlled explosive device in the eastern city of Jalalabad, saying “the climate of fear created by such attacks, threatens vital human rights work” being carried out throughout the country.

New UN report links processed meats to cancer in humans; red meat also likely to cause the disease

26 October 2015 – The cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, ham, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Yemen: UN envoy says negotiations only way to end country's 'terrible cocktail' of dramatic crises

26 October 2015 – Stressing that a political solution is key to resolving the "terrible cocktail" of crises in Yemen, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country today announced that preparations have begun for talks between the conflict parties.

In New York’s Central Park, Ban unveils sculpture depicting ‘great hope all of us have invested in the UN’

24 October 2015 – As worldwide celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations kicked into high gear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a host of senior UN officials gathered this evening in New York's Central Park to unveil a new sculpture, Enlightened Universe, comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created, which Mr. Ban said, “depicts the great hope that all of us have invested in the [Organization].”

Smugglers will adapt as long as there is a market to exploit, warn UN experts on migrant rights

23 October 2015 – Two United Nations experts on the human rights of migrants today called on the European Union to open regular and safe channels for migrants, saying “attempting to seal borders and the over-emphasis on the securitisation of borders is not going to reduce irregular migration in the long run.”

UN refugee agency appeals for protection against sexual abuse of women and children on move in Europe

23 October 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the reported abuse of refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe, including “instances of children engaging in survival sex to pay smugglers to continue their journey,” appealing to all concerned to take measures to ensure their protection.

United Nations remains 'beacon for all humanity,' says Ban ahead of 70th anniversary

23 October 2015 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Organization ahead of UN Day on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is only one flag that belongs to everyone – the blue flag of the United Nations.

Ban condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan on religious holiday

23 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today's bombing of a procession of worshippers marking the Shia religious holiday of Ashura in Jacobabad, and the recent terrorist attacks in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh.

Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

22 October 2015 – In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.