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Malala Yousafzai urges world leaders at UN to promise safe, quality education for every child

25 September 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly alongside 193 youth representatives from the Organization’s 193 Member States, Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai today asked world leaders to promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.

Syria: UN cites utter desperation behind ‘tsunami’ of refugees into Europe

25 September 2015 – Despair at appalling living conditions among the 4 million Syrians who have already fled to neighbouring countries is fuelling the current flood of refugees to Europe as they flee once more, this time from restrictions and under-funded aid programmes that have led to child labour and even ‘survival sex,’ the United Nations said today.

‘The future demands of us critical and global decisions’ Pope Francis tells UN General Assembly

25 September 2015 – Pope Francis delivered a wide-ranging address before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly today, urging global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of "vast ranks of the excluded," saying that “human beings take precedence over partisan interests.”

UN agency opens two new camps for displaced Iraqis in Baghdad

23 September 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), partners and local authorities announced today the recent opening of two new camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baghdad province, providing shelter to close to 3,500 Iraqis who have had to flee the Anbar province due to recent fighting.

UN official appeals to Security Council to find political solution to end nightmare for Syrian people

16 September 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to find a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, warning its members that the fighting had created one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War.

UN officials condemn ‘virtual silence’ about escalating violence in Yemen

15 September 2015 – Two senior United Nations officials today condemned “the virtual silence” about the increasing impact on civilians of the escalating conflict in Yemen, and urged leaders from all sides to refrain from manipulating religious identities for political purposes.

UN calls for full, swift implementation of European proposals for refugee crisis

11 September 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the European Commission’s proposals unveiled last Wednesday to address the current refugee crisis in Europe, adding that given the urgency of the situation, these proposals need to be implemented fully and swiftly.

Women must be empowered to actively help counter terrorism and extremism, says UN official

09 September 2015 – Increased attention needs to be given to women so they can be empowered to actively help counter terrorism and violent extremism around the world, a senior United Nations counter-terrorism official told a news conference in New York today.

UN envoy says it is now time to have ‘a real discussion’ to end Syrian conflict

08 September 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria today said the images of the drowned Syrian toddler wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lying face down on a Turkish beach should be a wake-up call to the world that “there is no more time for long political processes,” and it is now time to have “a real discussion” to end the conflict.

Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq is essential for future peace, say senior UN officials

07 September 2015 – Denouncing the systematic cultural cleansing afflicting societies in Syria and Iraq as “crimes against all of humanity,” United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, met in Paris today to discuss the destruction of cultural heritage and possible measures to counter the rise of violent extremism.