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UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in Somalia and Afghanistan

08 June 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killings of a broadcast journalist in Somalia and a photojournalist and his interpreter in Afghanistan, who all lost their lives last Sunday.

Swedish Major General appointed to head UN observer mission in India and Pakistan

08 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Per Lodin of Sweden as the head of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan.

UN General Assembly adopts political declaration to fast-track progress on ending AIDS

08 June 2016 – At a high-level meeting on ending AIDS that opened at the United Nations General Assembly today, Member States adopted a new political declaration that includes a set of time-bound targets to fast-track the pace of progress towards combating the worldwide scourge of HIV and AIDS over the next five years and end the epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

Syria: UN agencies deplore recent attacks in Aleppo; hundreds of people killed or injured

08 June 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian wing today spoke out against the latest escalation of violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens of casualties have been reported in attacks on two medical facilities.

Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

08 June 2016 – Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.

UN to continue following up on human rights abuse allegations in Central African Republic

08 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he has taken note of the release earlier this week of a report by Human Rights Watch on the Central African Republic (CAR), stating that he shares the non-profit organization's concerns regarding impunity for human rights violations.

Crimes against humanity committed in Eritrea, warns UN group

08 June 2016 – Officials in Eritrea have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape and torture, across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.

Ahead of World Day, two UN agencies launch course to end child labour in agriculture

08 June 2016 – Ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour – to be observed this Sunday – two United Nations agencies today launched an e-learning course aimed at ensuring that child labour prevention measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, particularly those targeting poor smallholders.

Ban commends India and United States for supporting early entry into force of Paris Agreement

08 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended a joint statement on climate change made by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama announcing their support for early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and encouraged all countries to accelerate their domestic processes to join or ratify it.

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

08 June 2016 – Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the UN kicked off its celebrations to mark World Oceans Day.