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Security Council condemns abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians, as well as the destruction and desecration of Christian and other sites in northeast Syria this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


UN envoy for Lebanon visits refugee camps, pledges support to deal with influx of Syrians

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag today expressed support to Middle East country as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria.


Iraq: UNESCO outraged over terrorist attack against Mosul Museum

26 February 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites today said that she is “deeply shocked” by the footage depicting the destruction of statues and other artefacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq.


UN health agency launches billion dollar appeal to tackle soaring needs in four crisis-torn countries

24 February 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria.


Ban taps veteran diplomat Kubiš to head up UN Iraq mission

24 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jan Kubiš of Slovakia as his new Special Representative for Iraq, a United Nations spokesperson announced today.


FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.


UN chief discusses Ukraine, other key issues with senior regional officials

23 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the Foreign Minister of Russia to discuss among other issues, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, expressing his expectation that all concerned parties would live up to their commitments to the truce agreed in Minsk on 12 February.


UN chief appeals for ‘immediate de-escalation’ as step towards political solution for Syria

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General has appealed today to all warring parties in Syria to de-escalate the conflict in order to provide a reprieve for the country’s long-suffering civilians.


UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

20 February 2015 – Four United Nations human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria since the uprising in the country began, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.


UN rights chief calls on Syria to release detainees, describes ‘grim’ conditions, torture

19 February 2015 – Syrian authorities should release all those held by Government forces and its militias, without due process, in some cases for years on end, the United Nations rights chief urged today, noting which said that activists, lawyers and human rights defenders had been particularly targeted.