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On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

23 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June 2015 – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.


General Assembly awards first-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize to nationals of Namibia and Portugal

22 June 2015 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly announced today that the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize will be awarded to Dr. Helena Ndume, of Namibia, and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio, of Portugal.


Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

21 June 2015 – The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.


Blatant rights failures in Burundi make upcoming elections ‘impossible,’ UN expert warns

19 June 2015 – Decrying Burundi’s “blatant failures” to respect freedom of expression and assembly and the fact that unresolved issues from the past are ensnaring the process for the upcoming elections, a United Nations rights expert today issued a strong call for greater global efforts to ensure independent monitoring and reporting and for all Burundian parties to safeguard fair elections and keep protests peaceful.


Protecting children in war zones is a moral imperative and legal obligation, Security Council told

18 June 2015 – “A moral imperative and a legal obligation,” protecting children should never be jeopardized by national interests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, deploring that 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict.


UN health agency ramps up efforts against Tanzania cholera outbreak

18 June 2015 – The cholera outbreak in Tanzania continues to spread among the populations in the country’s western Kigoma region amid an influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, the United Nations health agency warned today as it detailed its ongoing response aimed at stemming the epidemic.


UN warns of ‘record high’ 60 million displaced amid expanding global conflicts

18 June 2015 – The international community is experiencing a dramatic shift in the situation facing the world’s refugees as a global surge in war, conflict and persecution has caused a record number of people to flee their homes in search of safety, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Humanitarian needs at ‘all-time high,’ top UN relief official tells Economic and Social Council

17 June 2015 – Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, the top United Nations relief official declared today, stressing that while the Organization needs no less than $18.8 billion to meet the needs of nearly 80 million people, it has received only 26 per cent of that amount.


Azerbaijan: UN rights office urges Government to ensure free expression and association

16 June 2015 – Voicing concern over “a shrinking democratic space” in Azerbaijan as human rights defenders, journalists and Government critics are increasingly being deprived of their liberty, the United Nations rights office today called on the authorities to galvanize efforts to safeguard the freedoms of expression and association in the country.