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US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”


UN announces inaugural class of 17 youth leaders to support Global Goals

19 September 2016 – The United Nations envoy on youth today unveiled the inaugural class of 17 youth leaders who have been recognized for their leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 17 Global Goals, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.


Libya: UN and partners launch appeal for urgent life-saving assistance in a complex emergency

19 September 2016 – The United Nations and humanitarian agencies in Libya today issued an urgent appeal for $10.7 million to meet life-saving emergency assistance for close to 80,000 people located within the Libyan city of Sirte until the end of the year.


Yazidi survivor of ISIL’s human trafficking appointed UN Goodwill Envoy for victims

16 September 2016 – Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking.


Progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation and economic challenges – UN envoy to Security Council

13 September 2016 – Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned today.


More has to be done to deliver on European commitments for asylum seekers – UN refugee agency

13 September 2016 – Highlighting that the number of pledges to relocate asylum-seekers continues to be woefully low and its implementation slow and challenging, the United Nations refugee agency today called on European countries to do more to deliver significantly on the commitments they have made.


At opening of Human Rights Council, UN official warns that rights violations “will not disappear” if access blocked for international observers

13 September 2016 – Addressing the 33rd session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, the United Nations rights chief today highlighted the challenges confronting the international community and expressed particular concern over attempts by countries to block human rights scrutiny.


Security Council urges warring parties in Yemen to resume talks with UN envoy

08 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.


Afghanistan: UN aid chief calls for scaled-up support to one million people on the move

07 September 2016 – Seeking $150 million for aid efforts in Afghanistan, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to urgently scale up its support for the war-torn country so that it can meet the rising humanitarian needs of more than one million people who are on the move, either internally displaced or returning from neighbouring countries.