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UN-backed international forum delivers roadmap for Somalia’s future

03 August 2015 – The United Nations and its partners have welcomed the significant commitments made at a recent high-level forum in Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation, including the holding of inclusive elections.


UN projects world population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, driven by growth in developing countries

29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today.


With Haiti now ‘back on its feet,’ upcoming elections will be critical for future stability – UN officials

16 July 2015 – Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held today at UN Headquarters in New York.


UN officials urge continued support for Haiti as country prepares for 'historic' elections

15 July 2015 – Haiti's impending elections will be an “historic milestone” for the Caribbean country as it continues on its journey toward economic and political recovery, according to two senior United Nations officials.


As Europe confronts Greek debt crisis, UN expert says new measures must not lose sight of human rights

15 July 2015 – The implementation of new austerity measures in Greece amid the country’s deteriorating economic crisis must not come at a cost to human rights, a United Nations expert warned today as he urged international institutions and the Greek Government to make “fully informed decisions” before adopting additional reforms.


Success of UN DR Congo mission hinges on ‘constructive partnership’ with Government, Security Council told

14 July 2015 – The capacity of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to fulfil its mandate rests on “persistent engagement” with the authorities, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the Mission, Martin Kobler, told the Security Council today.


Central African Republic: UN concerned by decision of authorities to deny refugees vote

13 July 2015 – United Nations agencies voiced concern today about the decision of Central African Republic authorities to deny refugees from the country the right to participate to the presidential election set for this fall.


ADDIS: UN and partners launch key financing platform to end maternal, child mortality

13 July 2015 – The United Nations and its partners today launched a new initiative to help end maternal and child mortality by 2030, as they gathered in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.


Libya: UN welcomes new political agreement as 'first step' towards peace

12 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the initialing of a critical agreement between Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country's political crisis, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.


Burundi: UN rights office warns about consequences of country's 'extremely tense' situation

10 July 2015 – One day after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein alerted the Security Council about the seriousness of the electoral crisis in Burundi, his Office today issued a new warning about the impact the “extremely tense situation” there could have on the stability and the development of Central Africa.