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New UN report reveals millions of refugee children ‘missing out’ on education

15 September 2016 – In a new report, the United Nations refugee agency said that more than some six million school-age children under its mandate have no school go to and that refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.


Avenues for peace in Afghanistan must be explored with ‘utmost urgency’ – UN envoy

14 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges facing Afghanistan due to decades-long violence and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country stressed today that avenues for peace there must be explored with utmost urgency and seriousness.


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.


UN Secretary-General condemns deadly terrorist attacks in northern Pakistan

02 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned two separate terrorist attacks which took place in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, reportedly targeting a Christian neighbourhood and a district court, according to his spokesperson.


Nuclear tests: 20 years after its adoption, the test ban treaty is yet to get into force

31 August 2016 – Adopted 20 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has not yet got into effect, and will only come into force once ratified by eight specific countries that have not done it yet.


UN calls for ‘breakthrough’ in bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force

31 August 2016 – The United Nations today spoke up for an early entry into force a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, with a senior official describing the treaty as a “low-hanging fruit.”


On World Day, top UN officials call for prompt entry into force of nuclear test ban treaty

29 August 2016 – Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior United Nations officials today called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments.


Greece facing ‘serious challenges,’ needs EU help to manage refugee crisis – UN agency chief

26 August 2016 – Greece still faces great challenges in managing its refugee crisis, particularly if European Union countries do not step up their relocation and family reunion programmes, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said during a recent visit to the country.


PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorists of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate

23 August 2016 – When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”


UN rights chief appeals to India and Pakistan for ‘full and unhindered’ access to Kashmir

17 August 2016 – Expressing deep regret at the failure of Indian and Pakistani authorities to grant the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) access to Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir respectively, the UN rights chief today voiced concern about recent allegations of serious violations and reiterated a request for access to the region.