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Thwarting threat of disease, UN launches animal vaccination campaign along Syria-Lebanon border

09 April 2015 – An emergency vaccination campaign along the Syria-Lebanon border is underway in order to protect the region’s livestock from preventable infections, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today amid growing concerns over the spread of high impact transboundary animal diseases.

Civilians in Yemen 'willfully abandoned to misery,' says Ban, urging immediate political solution to crisis

09 April 2015 – Countless civilians are being “willfully abandoned to misery” in Yemen, amid a rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crises inflamed by a escalating violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at United Nations Headquarters today.

Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban urges courage ‘to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes’

07 April 2015 – The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing the collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Senior UN official calls for disarmament push amid uptick in global tensions

06 April 2015 – The United Nations disarmament chief today urged Member States to work actively and seek common ground on disarmament issues related to nuclear weapons and conventional arms amid a period of increasing global tensions and violence.

UN agency demands end to Yarmouk fighting, calls for protection of civilians

05 April 2015 – With fighting near Yarmouk intensifying, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees today made a strong appeal to all armed actors to cease hostilities that place civilians in acute danger and to withdraw immediately from civilian populated areas.

Ban commends successes of mine action, calls for more support to eradicate explosives threat

04 April 2015 – As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action today, the United Nations Secretary-General pointed to a decade of much progress in efforts towards eradicating the threat of anti-personnel landmines.

UN agency calls on Syrians to protect cultural heritage amid uptick in violence

02 April 2015 – Syrians must unite for the protection of their shared cultural heritage amid a recent escalation in hostilities across the war-torn country, the head of the United Nations cultural agency declared today.

Iraq: UN envoy welcomes armed forces victory against ISIL in Tikrit

01 April 2015 – The top UN official in Iraq has welcomed the recent victories of the Iraqi Security Forces in liberating the town of Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups.

UN agency concerned over plight of refugees after 2 Iraqis die at Bulgarian border

31 March 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that people needing international protection are being blocked from entering the European Union, citing the deaths of two Iraqi men who were in a group of 12 Yazidi people allegedly beaten by Bulgarian border guards.

Syria: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Idleb as fighting in city intensifies

31 March 2015 – The humanitarian situation in conflict-torn Syria is deteriorating even further amid reports that the city of Idleb has fallen to anti-government insurgents, a senior United Nations relief official has warned.