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‘Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

02 June 2016 – At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.


Global food prices rose in May; commodity markets look stable for year ahead – UN

02 June 2016 – Global food prices rose 2.1 per cent in May, the fourth straight monthly increase, but stayed about seven per cent below 2015 levels, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today, also noting that food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to broadly stable prices and supplies.


Afghanistan: UN mission concerned by civilian abductions and hostage-taking

02 June 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today said it is deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


External panel calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in UN Police operating model

01 June 2016 – As the United Nations’ role in countries affected by complex conflicts has grown in scale and scope throughout the years, UN Police (UNPOL) have increasingly become the central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations, working both to reinforce the provision of security and also to build or re-build a basic system of policing in countries, and as such, require a new operating model with enhanced capacities, an external review team has found.


Syria: UN experts urge protection of civilians amid ISIL offensives in country’s north

01 June 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged immediate protection for thousands of civilians caught up in offensives by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.


Mali: Ban ‘outraged’ by latest attack on UN mission; urges authorities to investigate

01 June 2016 – In two separate incidents that took place yesterday in the Gao area of Mali’s restive north, terrorists attacked an outpost of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), as well as the services of a local provider for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the most recent in a string of deadly attacks against the UN in the country.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry calls for increased focus on children in Viet Nam

01 June 2016 – Following a visit to Viet Nam, singer-songwriter Katy Perry, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called for an increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.


DPI/NGO: UN conference adopts global education action agenda to mobilize civil society

01 June 2016 – A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all – was adopted today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.


UN rights office condemns executions carried out by Gaza authorities

31 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office has condemned the execution of three men by authorities in Gaza today, despite serious and widespread concerns that international fair trial standards were not respected, and in spite of appeals by many local and international actors to halt the executions.