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203 stories found over the past 45 days
Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

03 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.


UN envoy ‘cautiously hopeful’ for re-launch of truce in Syria

03 May 2016 – Following discussions in Moscow on the intra-Syria talks, the United Nations envoy facilitating the process has said that he is cautiously hopeful that the cessation of hostilities pact will be re-launched, “perhaps even later today.”


At high-level forum, UN spotlights power of information technology in advancing development

03 May 2016 – Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the power to help people around the world bridge the digital divide and accelerate innovation as world leaders continue to work towards implementing the United Nations development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today at the opening of a high-level forum of the ICT for development community.


Flint Michigan crisis ‘not just about water,’ UN rights experts say ahead of President Obama’s visit

03 May 2016 – Speaking ahead of United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Flint, Michigan, three United Nations experts are calling for immediate action to address the serious human rights concerns related to the contamination of the city’s water supply and the devastating consequences for residents there, who have been dealing with water-related crises since April 2014.


Deputy UN chief pledges to spotlight situation of quake-affected Nepal at World Humanitarian Summit

02 May 2016 – Just three weeks away from the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, the United Nations deputy chief today ended a three-day mission to Nepal after meeting with people affected by the 2015 earthquake as well as with senior government officials.


'Now is the time for implementation,' Ban urges session on integrating UN sustainability agenda

02 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of devising creative and coherent approaches in linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development as world leaders continue to work towards successfully implementing the UN development agenda.


Syria: UN chief calls on warring parties to put cessation of hostilities 'back on track'

02 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the warring Syrian sides to immediately recommit to the cessation of hostilities and uphold their responsibility to protect civilians, his spokesman said today.


Kenya stages largest-ever ivory destruction as UN reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ on poaching

02 May 2016 – As African leaders soundly rejected “those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money,” senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned to protest poaching, which is pushing several iconic species to the brink of extinction.


On international day, UN spotlights history and power of jazz in building peace

30 April 2016 – Jazz is a universal message of peace that harmonizes rhythm and meaning, carries values significant for every woman and man, and provides unique opportunities for mutual understanding, the top United Nations cultural official said today, as music enthusiasts around the world celebrate International Jazz Day.


In Geneva, Ban welcomes first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in Games

29 April 2016 – During a visit to Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.