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17 stories found over the past 45 days
At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau puts past gains at risk

28 August 2015 – With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope today that political leaders would rise to their “historic responsibility” to preserve the gains made so far in the interest of the country and people.


Europe’s response to migrant crisis is not working, warns UN rights expert

25 August 2015 – The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, a United Nations expert today advocated, assuring is the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants.


Ban welcomes agreement to resume regular inter-Korean dialogue, hopes for talks on nuclear issue

24 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the news of the agreement reached between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today.


Governors of Nigeria's states can locally implement UN sustainable development goals, says Ban

23 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled over the weekend to Abuja, Nigeria, where today he met state Governors who, he said, can play a “fundamental role” in shaping the future of their country by implementing the sustainable development agenda Members States will adopt in a month in New York.


Ban encourages parties to 'pave way' for deescalating situation on Korean Peninsula

23 August 2015 – Welcoming a high-level meeting between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which was held yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged both sides to pave the way for deescalating the situation and promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.


Central African Republic: UN mission determined to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation by peacekeepers

20 August 2015 – Condemning all cases of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by its personnel, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that it is determined to “stamp out” this “extremely seriously problem.”


At Security Council, UN officials spotlight need for effective and accountable security institutions

20 August 2015 – The Security Council today turned its attention to the need to develop effective, affordable and accountable security institutions, with senior United Nations officials representing peacekeeping, development and conflict-related sexual violence outlining concrete steps to lay the foundations for rule of law, peace and sustainable development.


INTERVIEW: “At the end of the day, every life saved is an achievement in itself.” – UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien

18 August 2015 – Stephen O'Brien has hit the ground running since taking up his post a couple of months ago as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, having seen first-hand the devastation wrought by ongoing conflicts in South Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

The British national with more than 20 years of experience in international development and public health understands the many complexities of humanitarian assistance, which range from ensuring food, shelter and safe drinking water to appreciating the psychological trauma experienced by those affected and the importance of providing hope.


UN human rights office warns Burundi crisis ‘spiralling out of control’

14 August 2015 – The situation in Burundi continues to deteriorate amid ongoing killings, arrests and detentions in the latest post-election turmoil to afflict the country, the United Nations human rights office has reported.


UN and international envoys urge Burundi Government to forge ‘new path’ through dialogue

12 August 2015 – The Government of Burundi should immediately seize the opportunity for dialogue and forge a “new path,” United Nations and international envoys declared today, condemning the wave of recent attacks in the crisis-torn country and urging parties to show “restraint, leadership, and vision.”