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UN chief announces rare visit to DPR Korea, aiming to help boost cooperation on Peninsula

19 May 2015 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced he will visit an industrial complex in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday, saying that he hoped the rare trip “will provide positive impetus to further develop it and expand to other areas” to promote inter-Korean relations.


Amid ongoing fighting in Yemen, UN agencies urge ‘predictable pauses’ for humanitarian aid

19 May 2015 – Yemen’s five-day ceasefire aimed at allowing the delivery of critical aid to the country’s beleaguered civilian population did not last long enough for providing the necessary relief, according to the United Nations humanitarian agencies.


UN calls on Southeast Asian countries to better protect migrants making ‘perilous’ sea journeys

19 May 2015 – Several senior United Nations officials have today strongly urged the leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, to protect migrants and refugees stranded on vessels in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to facilitate safe disembarkation, and to give priority to saving lives, protecting rights, and respecting human dignity.


Nearly 25,000 flee Ramadi amid ISIL attacks and heavy fighting, says UN relief wing

18 May 2015 – With stocks running low and funds running out, United Nations aid agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the city of Ramadi in central Iraq for the second time this month, according to the UN office tasked with coordinating relief operations.


UN expert calls for adoption of minimum set of fundamental human rights for detainees

18 May 2015 – The top United Nations human rights expert on torture today called for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which are being considered this week by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna.


UN anti-crime chief opens Crime Commission urging action to prevent migrant smuggling

18 May 2015 – The top United Nations official involved in the Organization’s fight against illegal drugs and international crime said today how horrified he was when he first heard the news of migrants dying when their boats sank in the Mediterranean – “the latest reports of a tragedy seemingly without end.”


In Geneva, UN envoy on Syria meets with international stakeholders amid ongoing consultations

18 May 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has continued to meet with Syrian, regional and international interlocutors today in the framework of the Geneva Consultations, according to a spokesperson for the Organization.


Ban urges all sides in Yemen to renew commitment for extension of humanitarian pause

18 May 2015 – Stressing that Yemenis have faced “tragic levels of suffering and violence” in recent months, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in the conflict to refrain from any actions that undermine the safety and security of the country’s airports, seaports and transportation infrastructure, and to join consultations without preconditions.


Citing ‘defining moment’ sparked by Ebola outbreak, UN health agency chief pledges key reforms

18 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today promised a new $100 million emergency fund and a global health crisis workforce as part of a reform package prompted by the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, saying: “I do not ever again want to see this organization faced with a situation it is not prepared, staffed, funded, or administratively set up to manage.”


Progress on sustainable energy improving, but 'world must move faster' – UN backed-report

18 May 2015 – Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and global institutions are gathering in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum.