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At Security Council, climate change citied among factors impacting stability in Sahel

26 May 2016 – At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict.


LDCs: Behind the scenes – gearing up for a UN conference on least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Collaborating on the organization of major international conferences is a task well known to the United Nations, whose staff have the responsibility of ensuring that key messages are successfully delivered to not only those on location, but also worldwide.


‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

26 May 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed today the need for Member States to redouble efforts at prevention – whether to combat climate change, build resilience or address potential conflict flashpoints before they reach a tipping point.


Attacks on health care and medical personnel in crises occur with ‘alarming frequency’ – UN

26 May 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report today that attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine long-term health development goals.


Justice and accountability ‘critical components’ for lasting peace in Libya – ICC Prosecutor

26 May 2016 – Justice, accountability and the deterrent effects of the law remain “critical components” for achieving lasting peace in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, encouraging the country’s Government to give priority to devising effective plans and strategies to address atrocity crimes, and to invest in the relevant national institutions responsible for such work.


UN envoy for Syria tells Security Council peace talks will resume ‘as soon as feasible’

26 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Syria today told the Security Council that he intends to begin the next round of intra-Syrian talks “as soon as feasible, but certainly not within the next two to three weeks,’ the Organization reported today.


Iraq: civilians in besieged Fallujah at ‘extreme risk,’ senior UN humanitarian official warns

26 May 2016 – Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in the city of Fallujah –which has been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) for more than two years – are at extreme risk, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq has said.


‘We have an opportunity in the next 15 to 20 years to really change our world’ – UN envoy for the least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years.


INTERVIEWS: Top UN peacekeeping, logistical officials discuss threats to 'blue helmets'

26 May 2016 – In extreme circumstances like deliberate targeting by jihadists and traffickers to more complicated assignments, today's United Nations peacekeepers need courage, a high degree of professionalism and resilience, the head of the so-called 'blue helmets' today said.


'The will to advance towards peace clearly exists' in the Middle East – UN envoy

25 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that, as circumstances on the ground continue to deteriorate, lamenting the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution has become a “default narrative” for many.