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57 stories found over the past 45 days
In Washington, UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen

16 April 2015 – During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in “in flames” and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.


DOHA: UN anti-crime meeting highlights measures to curb illicit trade in cultural property

16 April 2015 – Weighing in on the vital importance of the world’s cultural artifacts and the illegal trade that endangers them, experts at an event held at the United Nations Crime Congress, under way in Doha, Qatar, urged Member States to use the existing legal instruments to fight this crime and stressed the importance of raising awareness.


Resources needed to get 21 million children into school in Middle East, North Africa – UNICEF

15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


World must do more to help support Syrian refugees in Lebanon, says UN refugee chief

15 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee chief called today on the international community to step-up its efforts to ease the plight of Syrian refugees who continue to live in harsh conditions in informal settlements in southern Lebanon.


Women’s empowerment key to end sexual violence in combat, UN envoy tells Security Council

15 April 2015 – As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorise, displace and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council today, urging the body to take action to deal with this growing threat.


After migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations

15 April 2015 – The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) declared today.


UN Syria Envoy to hold consultations on re-start of peace talks

14 April 2015 – The United Nations announced today that the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will proceed with a series of in-depth, separate consultations with Syrian stakeholders and regional and international actors to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 so-called Geneva Communiqué.


UN delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria

14 April 2015 – Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today.


UNESCO condemns destruction at Iraq’s Nimrud site

13 April 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated with protecting heritage sites worldwide today denounced further destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, calling the deliberate damage of culture a "war crime" and pledging to do everything possible to fight it.


Yarmouk crisis: international community has ‘compelling imperative to act,’ says UN official

13 April 2015 – The thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered “untold indignities” amid intensifying hostilities between armed groups in the area, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees declared today.