UN News stories

13 stories found over the past 45 days
Independent UN rights experts renew appeal to Pakistan to end death penalty

02 October 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today reiterated their call on Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and investigate cases where uncertain age determination processes have resulted in children being sentenced to death.

Addressing UN Assembly, India says Pakistan must eschew terrorism before talks can begin

01 October 2015 – In her address at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Sushma Swaraj, India’s Minister for External Affairs, responded to Pakistan’s peace initiative underscoring that while her country remains open to dialogue, Pakistan must eschew terrorism before serious talks between the two sides could begin.

In UN Assembly speech, Pakistan’s Prime Minister proposes new peace initiative with India

30 September 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif proposed today renewed peace talks with India, aimed at defining the relationship between the Asian countries ‘as one of cooperation, not confrontation.’

Closing ‘vast’ gender gap, ending child marriage key priorities, Ghanaian President tells UN

30 September 2015 – Spotlighting the importance his country places on gender equality, the President of Ghana told the United Nations General Assembly today that a major priority will closing the “vast” gaps between men and women through, among other efforts, providing decent education for girls and working to end child marriage.

Breakthrough needed to ensure nuclear-test-ban treaty enters into force – UN chief

29 September 2015 – Lamenting the fact that nearly two decades after its negotiation the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has still not entered into force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations to demonstrate the necessary political will to usher in a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria – UN health agency

25 September 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two countries and bringing the world one major step closer to achieving this goal of ending polio for good.

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.

Countries need to step up search of disappeared persons – UN human rights group

18 September 2015 – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances today urged countries to make the search of disappeared persons a priority, saying that governments now have more information on the number of mobile phones than on the number of disappeared persons.

UNICEF advocate David Beckham issues call to end violence against children

15 September 2015 – David Beckham, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse affecting millions of children around the world.

Afghan refugee teacher honoured with UN award for tireless efforts to educate girls

15 September 2015 – Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has been named as the winner of the United Nations annual Nansen Award.