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15 stories found over the past 45 days
Iraq: Amid rising insecurity, UN official urges unimpeded access to desperate civilians

31 July 2014 – A senior UN official in Iraq expressed concern today over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians.


‘Flagrant’ violations of international law continue in Syria, top UN relief official warns

30 July 2014 – With the United Nations and its partners in Syria begin to ramp up aid deliveries across battle lines, the Organization’s Emergency Relief Coordinator warned today that attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue “in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of…international law.”


Arms race in Syria must be stopped to reduce civilian suffering, says head of UN panel

25 July 2014 – As ‘gross human rights violations’ continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe today implored Member States to stop supplying weapons to both sides.


Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit

24 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support for efforts to overcome the division’s plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful country for all, during a stop there as part of his current visit to the region.


Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’

23 July 2014 – The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account.


UN chief appoints Staffan de Mistura as special envoy for Syria crisis

10 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.


Iraq: UN officials voice concern about humanitarian situation, abuse of women, girls

02 July 2014 – Amid reports of deliberate targeting of women and girls in Iraq, senior United Nations officials today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and security situations in the country, where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in fear for their lives.


Iraqi violence killed more than 2,400 people in June – UN

01 July 2014 – Iraq’s violent insurgency has claimed some 2,400 lives – more than half of them civilians – a “staggering number”, declared the top United Nations envoy there, as he called on all Iraqi leaders to work together to foil attempts to rip apart the country’s social fabric.


Humanitarian needs outpacing response amid ongoing obstacles to aid delivery in Syria – UN

26 June 2014 – Four months after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding unimpeded access to people in need of assistance in Syria, relief agencies continue to face obstacles to aid delivery while the needs continue to grow and are now outpacing response efforts, the United Nations humanitarian chief reported today.


Iraq: Military effort to quell insurgency must be backed by political process, says UN envoy

25 June 2014 – The “grave” situation in Iraq requires a solution based on military, political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities, the top United Nations official in the crisis-torn country said today, appealing also for financial resources to aid the already-overstretched UN relief effort there.