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China’s poverty alleviation must be accompanied by accountability – UN rights expert

23 August 2016 – China has made huge progress in poverty alleviation, but needs meaningful accountability mechanisms that citizens can use when their rights are violated in the context of development-related activities, a United Nations human rights expert said today


Security Council condemns recent terrorist attack in Turkey

23 August 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack at a wedding ceremony in the city of Gaziantep in Turkey on 20 August, during which at least 54 people were killed and over 200 injured.


Ban names retired Dutch general to lead probe into South Sudan violence

23 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).


UN human rights office concerned for the health of protestor in Israel

23 August 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern over the deteriorating health of a 35-year-old Palestinian man who has been on a hunger strike against his administrative detention since 15 June, after having already completed his 14-and-a-half years prison sentence.


DR Congo: UN chief notes holding of preparatory meeting towards national dialogue

23 August 2016 – Noting today’s meeting of the national dialogue preparatory committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated a call for an inclusive political dialogue to overcome an impasse in the electoral process.


A peek into African children's dreams

23 August 2016 – As part of this year’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day (WHD), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched a photography exhibition in New York entitled “When I Grow Up.” By photographing African children aged six to 18 – whose young lives have already been beleaguered with hardships – photographer Vincent Tremeau documented their aspirations by capturing each dressed in the clothing of the adult they aspire to be.


At Security Council, Ban calls for eradicating weapons of mass destruction ‘once and for all’

23 August 2016 – Recalling that eliminating weapons of mass destruction was one of the founding principles of the United Nations and was in fact the subject of the first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to seriously refocus attention on nuclear disarmament.


Iraq: UN refugee agency readies for massive displacement amid military offensive in Mosul

23 August 2016 – With military action turning towards retaking Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, the United Nations refugee agency warns that displacement may worsen “dramatically,” and announced preparations to ramp up operations and set up additional camps.


PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorist of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate

23 August 2016 – When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”


To escape gangs and poverty, Central American children making risky journey to US – UNICEF

23 August 2016 – The flow of refugee and migrant children – seeking refuge from brutal gangs and stifling poverty in Central America and making their way to the United States – shows no sign of letting up, despite the risks of being kidnapped, trafficked, raped, or killed on the journey, a report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found.