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Forecasting positive 2015 world crop prospects, UN agency warns of food insecurity 'hotspots'

09 July 2015 – Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, today said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Syrian refugee numbers pass four million as war rages on – UN

09 July 2015 – The exodus spawned by the four-year long Syrian conflict has now become the United Nations refugee agency's largest crisis in almost a quarter of a century and risks deteriorating even further as fighting in the country shows no sign of abating.


UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre

08 July 2015 – As the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that some of its permanent members called “vital for reconciliation” and others called “divisive,” senior UN officials stressed that the horror of the genocidal massacre at Srebrenica continued to haunt the Organization 20 years after thousands of ethnic Bosnian Muslim men and boys were slaughtered during a week of preventable brutality.


Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

07 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.


At Oslo forum, Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under ‘unprecedented strain’

06 July 2015 – The capacity of the United Nations and its partners to meet humanitarian needs is under “unprecedented strain,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today at a forum in Oslo, Norway, where he highlight the critical role civil society plays as part of the global effort to save lives, support livelihoods and protect people from violence.


Destruction at Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

03 July 2015 – Condemning the destruction of archaeological treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “perverse…new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on the international community, including the art market, to join forces and stop the traffic in cultural property.


Syria's 'disastrous' conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report

02 July 2015 – Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often “carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and working long hours,” according to a joint report released today by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.


INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

01 July 2015 – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. In the French capital, countries will discuss an agreement intended to succeed to the landmark Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

01 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”


Fleeing conflicts, record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed Mediterranean so far in 2015 – UN

01 July 2015 – War, conflict or persecution forced most of the 137,000 desperate people who made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015, making this primarily a refugee crisis, a new report from the United Nations refugee agency said today.