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Killing of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel draws UN condemnation

08 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as two independent United Nations human rights experts have condemned the killing of Niloy Neel, the fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death so far this year, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.


World food prices hit lowest level in almost six years, UN agency reports

06 August 2015 – Prices for global agricultural products in July hit their lowest level since September 2009, as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) confirmed today.


Marking International Day of Friendship, UN chief hails power of the human spirit

30 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised a Paraguayan man whose “profound vision that the forces of animosity and hatred in our world are no match for the power of the human spirit” led to the creation of the International Day of Friendship, which falls on July 30 every year.


Momentum building for UN-backed accord to combat billion dollar rogue fishing business

30 July 2015 – Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15 per cent of global output, the agency said today.


UN rights office renews concern after Cambodian Senate adopts law with ‘chilling effect’ on civil society

24 July 2015 – A draft law adopted today by Cambodia’s legislative wing “threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society” and the crucial work that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out in the country, the United Nations human rights office has warned.


Syria: bread prices up nearly 90 per cent, pushing more people into hunger, UN report warns

23 July 2015 – Syria’s food production in 2015 remains at 40 per cent below its pre-crisis levels, impacting the price of bread, which has spiralled by 87 per cent, and shrinking poultry production by half, according to a United Nations agency report released today that warns that “the risk of irreversible damage to the children is real, with tragic future consequences.”


UNESCO launches plan to safeguard Yemen's cultural heritage sites

22 July 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched an emergency plan to safeguard cultural heritage sites in Yemen, including the ancient city of Sana'a, with its historical mosques and monuments that have been damaged in the conflict that has killed nearly 1,700 people since March.


UN agency calls for $20 million to halt spread of ‘highly virulent’ avian flu in West Africa

20 July 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that without timely intervention “to stop it in its tracks,” outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1, which has already spread to five West African countries in six months, will spread across the region and beyond.