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UN condemns destruction of Nimrud heritage site in northern Iraq

06 March 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated with protecting cultural heritage around the world today strongly condemned the destruction of the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, deploring such “criminal chaos” as yet another attack against the Iraqi people.


Member States must enforce human rights amid rising tide of extremism – UN rights chief

05 March 2015 – The world may be at a “turning point” as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.


Lebanon: UN envoy meets with Minister to discuss country’s security

04 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, met today with the country’s Defence Minister, Samir Moqbel, in Beirut to discuss the security situation, with a particular focus on Lebanon’s eastern border.


UN health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries

04 March 2015 – An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that “the possibility of international spread still remains a global threat worsened by the expansion of conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Africa.”


At Middle East, North Africa summit, UN humanitarian chief urges ‘new ideas’ on emergency responses

03 March 2015 – In her remarks to open the Middle East and North Africa regional consultation session in preparation for the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs today underlined the importance of grassroots involvement in humanitarian affairs and of putting people “front and centre” in response of efforts.


UNESCO welcomes re-opening of Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad

02 March 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has congratulated Iraqi authorities for the 12-year effort to re-open the Baghdad Museum, containing artefacts dating back 7,000 years as having “tremendous significance as a response to the deliberate destruction of the country’s other priceless pieces conserved in the Mosul Museum and those in the region of Nineveh.”


Political consensus urgent to protect human rights, Ban tells opening session of UN council

02 March 2015 – The United Nations has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva today for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, while he warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among Member States.


UN agency head urges cooperation on safeguards, stresses role of nuclear energy in development

02 March 2015 – In his introductory statement to the Agency’s Board of Governors, the head of the United Nations atomic energy watchdog said he remains “seriously concerned” about nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and that he is not yet in a position to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is used for peaceful purposes.


UN envoy dispatches mission to Syria to lay groundwork for Aleppo 'freeze'

01 March 2015 – The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is continuing discussions with the Government of Syria on his proposed 'freeze' of localized hostilities in the city of Aleppo, the United Nations spokesperson's office said today.


At UN-backed meeting, West African nations commit to ending statelessness

27 February 2015 – Delegates representing fifteen West African nations have pledged to step up efforts towards eliminating statelessness in a move aimed at resolving the situation of hundreds of thousands of stateless people across the region, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.