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UN rights chief urges Burundi’s politicians to pick right path at ‘critical moment’ in country’s history

15 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief said today that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders are extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply as a series of pivotal elections set to take place between May and August this year get under way, and, with the country at “a crossroads,” Burundian parties must choose the path to democracy and the rule of law.


DOHA: UN anti-crime conference session urges boosting assistance to trafficking victims

14 April 2015 – With human trafficking now a global criminal enterprise generating billions of dollars every year, United Nations officials stressed today during a high-level event at the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar, that victims of the crime need broad based assistance for their recovery.


Spate of violent attacks in Mali draws UN rights office concern

14 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today said it is “deeply disturbed” at the series of violent attacks that have occurred in the Gao and Kidal regions of northern Mali, making an already precarious security situation more volatile.


At Security Council, UN official says Central African Republic transition at ‘critical stage’

14 April 2015 – Amidst a tentative political transition, the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains tenuous as sectarian tensions continue to simmer and the severity of the country’s humanitarian crisis increases, the top United Nations official in the African country warned today.


New global advocate Daniel Craig looks to boost UN’s ‘incredible work’ on mine action

14 April 2015 – After designating the renowned actor Daniel Craig as the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards at Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the current James Bond for his commitment to supporting the UN’s vision of a world free from the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war.


Security Council imposes arms embargo on Yemen rebels, demands all parties resume UN-backed talks

14 April 2015 – Alarmed at the military escalation by Houthis in many parts of Yemen and the “significant and rapidly deteriorating’ humanitarian situation, the United Nations Security Council today approved an arms embargo against the rebel group’s leadership and demanded that all parties refrain from unilateral actions that could undermine the country’s UN-facilitated political transition.


UN warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges government action

14 April 2015 – Although the world’s water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet’s neediest regions, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.


Senior official stresses link between demographic shifts and UN development, climate priorities

13 April 2015 – As United Nations Member States met today in New York to begin the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development, the head of the UN office dealing with economic and social affairs underlined the importance of the link between population changes and the Organization’s current development priorities.


Nearly 800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF

13 April 2015 – A new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.


On Human Space Flight Day, UN spotlights the need to advance boundaries of exploration

12 April 2015 – Marking International Day of Human Space Flight, the United Nations today spotlighted the contribution of space science and technology to sustainable development and underscored the need to push the boundaries of exploration for the benefit of all people.