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15 stories found over the past 45 days
General Assembly, Security Council fill final vacancy on 'World Court'

20 November 2017 – The General Assembly and the Security Council today elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.


'Unity, solidarity and collaboration' can turn tide on terrorism, bolster human rights, says UN chief

16 November 2017 – Noting that at least 11,000 terrorist attacks occurred in more than 100 countries last year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed on Thursday that “terrorism is fundamentally the denial and destruction of human rights.”


Security Council maintains partial lifting of arms embargo on Somalia for one year

14 November 2017 – The Security Council on Tuesday renewed until 15 November 2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia, authorization for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption.


Four judges elected to International Court of Justice

09 November 2017 – The General Assembly and Security Council on Thursday elected four judges from an initial pool of six candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.


'Failure to broker peace' hinders solutions to displacement, UN refugee chief tells Security Council

02 November 2017 – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world's conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home.


UN Security Council urges more protections for children in conflicts

31 October 2017 – Deeply concerned about the abuse of children in war zones, the United Security Council today – in a debate in New York which included Secretary-General António Guterres and his special envoy on the issue – urged countries and non-State actors to allow children access to education and healthcare during and post-conflicts.


UN chief urges Security Council to 'be ambitious' in supporting Sahel anti-terror force

30 October 2017 – Stressing the urgent need to help Mali and other countries in the Sahel address cross-border terrorism and organized crime, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday invited the United Nations Security Council to “be ambitious” in deciding how the UN supports the region's newly-established joint force.


Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies

27 October 2017 – In an historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced.


Security Council debate on ‘women, peace and security’ spotlights prevention and gender equality links

27 October 2017 – At the Security Council today, a senior United Nations official called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women’s participation at all levels and help ensure UN peace efforts are stronger and more sustainable.


Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert

23 October 2017 – Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.