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Draft political deal for Libyan parties is ‘work in progress,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

29 April 2015 – Announcing today that he had outlined for the Security Council his draft proposal for a political agreement among Libya’s opposing factions, the United Nations envoy for the country warned that ongoing “chaos” there has sparked a series of dire events in the wider region – forcing thousands of desperate civilians to seek unsafe passage across the Mediterranean and a spate of recent bomb attacks against embassies in Tripoli.


Ban appoints new deputy head of humanitarian operations in Lebanon

24 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.


Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with 'bold response' – UN relief officials

24 April 2015 – The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the “numbness to the senseless violence”, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.


Warning of 'empathy gap,' Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

22 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.


Displaced Iraqis face mounting difficulties as fighting continues between Government forces and ISIL

21 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today warned about the difficulties facing thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing violence, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.


At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

21 April 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community “in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve” against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.


Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp

20 April 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.


Renewed global development partnership vital to post-2015 agenda, Ban tells top finance institutions

20 April 2015 – Kicking off a high-level meeting with global financial institutions and development agencies at United Nations Headquarters this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments, the business sector and civil society to work closely together to push forward the post-2015 development agenda.


UN humanitarian agencies mobilize assistance amid renewed fighting in Iraq

19 April 2015 – The United Nations’ humanitarian agencies are rushing support to thousands of Iraqis fleeing a flare-up in hostilities throughout the countrys Anbar Governate, the Organization confirmed today.


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.