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186 stories found over the past 45 days
On Day to Combat Desertification, UN calls for action to restore land resources

17 June 2016 – Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


UN health agency expresses concern over disease outbreaks in besieged city of Fallujah

16 June 2016 – The low level of immunity coupled with poor hygiene conditions raises the risk of disease outbreaks, such as measles, in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, where more than 42,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of military operations in May.


Some 13 million Yemenis need immediate help amid bleak conditions – senior UN relief official

16 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.


Malian parties must make peace and reconciliation ‘a reality,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

16 June 2016 – Despite some progress, key challenges to implementing Mali’s peace and reconciliation agreement remained, one year after the Government and armed groups signed the accord, the United Nations envoy in the West African country told the Security Council today.


In Russia, Ban spotlights leadership and shared input in advancing global commitments

16 June 2016 – Participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of translating the various landmark agreements made by the international community during the past year into action as soon as possible.


Ahead of World Refugee Day, UN agency launches ‘Stand #WithRefugees’ initiative

16 June 2016 – Ahead of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, more than 60 film, TV and music stars have joined refugees, faith leaders and the United Nations refugee agency staff to back a petition highlighting the plight of forcibly displaced people.


UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June 2016 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June 2016 – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


Colombia: UN experts urge protection of Afro-Colombian communities against elevating violence

15 June 2016 – Distressed over reports of violence against people of African descent in Colombia, a United Nations expert panel has called on the authorities to take concrete and urgent measures to protect the country’s Afro-Colombian communities.


UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

15 June 2016 – The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning American actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.