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In Portugal, Ban urges end of ‘horrible’ war in Syria in meeting with Syrian students

12 May 2016 – As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the “horrible” war.


Syria: first 10 days of May ‘disappointing’ for humanitarian work – UN advisor

12 May 2016 – The first 10 days of May have been “disappointing” for aid work in Syria as the breakdown of a truce made aid deliveries dangerous and difficult to plan, the United Nations-appointed humanitarian adviser said today, as aid agencies announced that Syrian authorities had turned away a convoy to the long-besieged town of Daraya.


Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda

11 May 2016 – Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.


UN human rights panel condemns civilian attacks in Syria; calls for accountability

11 May 2016 – Strongly condemning recent attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today called on all parties to cease the unlawful attacks and return to a full cessation of hostilities.


UN must 'champion change' to become more relevant and better able to tackle today's challenges

10 May 2016 – To respond to both current and future threats to world peace and security, the United Nations must become more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable, by taking concrete steps that include finding political solutions to sustain peace, fostering partnerships for building prosperous and stable societies, and tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism, the President of the UN General Assembly said today.


Syria: UN adviser on preventing genocide expresses outrage at ongoing civilian attacks

09 May 2016 – The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his outrage today at the ongoing “indiscriminate and seemingly calculated” attacks against civilians and civilian objects in Syria.


Interview with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

06 May 2016 – Karen AbuZayd wants you to think of refugees and migrants in a positive way. The United Nations Special Adviser has been working behind the scenes since January to raise support for global compacts to support large movements of refugees and migrants. These will be up for discussion on 19 September 2016, when the UN will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing Member States together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.


Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe ‘falling between the cracks’ – UNICEF

06 May 2016 – New data reveal that a record 96,500 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children applied for asylum across Europe in 2015, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, calling for urgent measures to protect these children from the serious risks of abuse, exploitation and trafficking.


Despite small upturns, UN experts note deteriorating human rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories

06 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, during which representations were made by civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials on a wide range of issues affecting the Palestinian and Syrian people in territories occupied by Israel.


Syria: UN condemns camp bombing, underlines political solution ‘more urgent than ever’

06 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior United Nations officials today “unreservedly” condemned yesterday’s bombing of two camps for displaced people in Sarmada, located in north-western Syria, which according to early reports by first responders, killed around 30 civilians including children.