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UN officials urge Iraqi leaders to come together to quickly address security crisis

17 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Iraq are urging the country’s leaders to come together to address the rapidly deteriorating security situation and prevent sectarian reprisals amid the ongoing violence.

Impunity, unprecedented violence, denial of aid hallmarks of Syria conflict – UN rights panel

17 June 2014 – The majority of civilians in Syria continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel said today, noting that violence has escalated to an unprecedented level, humanitarian aid is arbitrarily denied and perpetrators of crimes have no fear of consequence.

As crises grow, UN humanitarian chief cites need for funding, access to ensure aid delivery

16 June 2014 – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official today urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively.

UN condemns mass executions in Iraq, urges leaders to prevent sectarian reprisal

16 June 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the reported “cold-blooded” mass execution in Iraq in recent days, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals.

In Bolivia, Ban to urge G77 to work together on anti-poverty, climate change

14 June 2014 – Addressing the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today expected to urge world leaders to work together to reduce poverty and inequality, while balancing the needs of the environment and addressing climate change.

As Iraq’s insurgency spreads beyond Mosul, UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by reported abuses

13 June 2014 – As insurgents continue to overrun parts of northern Iraq, the United Nations human rights chief expressed “extreme alarm” today at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and the massive displacement of some half a million people, many of whom are now in urgent need of shelter.

Ban urges concerted action to ‘turn the tide’ on sexual violence in conflict

12 June 2014 – Noting that sexual violence in conflict remains widespread, yet largely invisible, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for concerted efforts to “turn the tide” and rid the world of this scourge.

In final charge to UN rights council, top official urges universal protections for all

10 June 2014 – In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed today the benefit to all countries of ensuring universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse, even if it means the countries are then subject to criticism.