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Yemen’s war-weary children face ‘new year of pain and suffering’ – UNICEF official

12 January 2016 – The ongoing deadly violence in Yemen has left nearly 10 million children facing threats of malnutrition and disease, lack of education, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the country warned today, calling for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and an end to the conflict.


Iraq: UN envoy calls on all sides to shun cycle of reprisals following mosque attacks

12 January 2016 – The top United Nations official in Iraq today appealed to all parties in the strife torn-country to avoid being drawn into a vicious cycle or reprisal attacks following the “outrageous” bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in Diyala Province.


Challenges in Mali need to be ‘urgently defeated’ – UN peacekeeping chief

11 January 2016 – Despite considerable progress in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the peace process in the country remains fragile, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges.


Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

11 January 2016 – A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.


UN General Assembly – ‘Parliament for all people’ – celebrates 70th anniversary

11 January 2016 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.”


FEATURE: From misplaced emblem in London to iconic hall – the UN General Assembly across 70 years

11 January 2016 – Before there was a United Nations Secretary-General, a Security Council or an iconic Headquarters in New York, there was the General Assembly, the most representative body ever of world nations, meeting for the first time in a London hall facing Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old coronation site of Britain’s kings and queens.


UN chief condemns attack on Yemeni hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières

11 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s attack on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sa’ada province, Yemen, which killed at least four people and injured many others.


‘Alarming’ outbreak of violence in new area of South Sudan uproots 15,000, UN reports

08 January 2016 – Fighting between armed groups and Government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, with hundreds of houses burned down or looted, has uprooted 15,000 people over the past five weeks, and 500 a day are now pouring into Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Yemen: UN rights chief urges government to reverse decision to expel envoy from country

08 January 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Government of Yemen to reverse its decision to declare his Representative in the strife-torn country persona non grata [unwelcomed person], saying that it was “unwarranted, counter-productive and damaging to the reputation of the Government and its coalition partners.”


El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says, urging action now to mitigate impacts

07 January 2016 – Briefing United Nations Member States today on the widely varied and devastating impacts of the current El Niño weather phenomenon – which for months has sparked massive floods in some countries while leaving others, often in the same region, bone dry – the top UN relief official urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity.