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19 stories found over the past 45 days
'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar

21 May 2016 – With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.


Four schools or hospitals in crisis zones attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF

19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.


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.


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.


Syria: UN relief chief calls for probe into air strikes that left dozens dead in Idleb

05 May 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official has called for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into the air strikes that today left dozens of civilians dead and injured in the northern Syrian Governorate of Idleb, which, if found to be deliberate, could amount to a war crime.