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UN envoy says Libya on cusp of ‘decisive moment’ as parties resume peace talks

20 March 2015 – Negotiations between Libyan parties are entering a “decisive round” as continued fighting and the menace of terrorism cast a sense of urgency to the United Nations-facilitated talks, a senior official for the Organization said today.


Political vacuum undermines Lebanon’s ability to tackle many challenges – Security Council

19 March 2015 – The Security Council voiced its concern at the 10-month stalemate in the election of a president in Lebanon, saying it undermined the country’s ability to address the security, economic and social challenges it faces.


ISIL may have committed genocide, war crimes in Iraq, says UN human rights report

19 March 2015 – A report released today by the United Nations human rights office says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.


UN agency boosts food security efforts in countries affected by Syria crisis

17 March 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a scale-up in its support to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.


Citing need to break ‘cycle of impunity,’ UN panel urges referral of Syria to ICC

17 March 2015 – A culture of impunity continues to flourish inside Syria amid a conflict that has generated over four million refugees and hundreds of thousands of dead, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry said today, urging the international community to step up efforts in bringing the four-year-long war to a close.


In Japan, UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development

14 March 2015 – With global leaders gathered in Sendai, Japan, to agree a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that responding to the world's growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources.