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36 stories found over the past 45 days
Maldives: Concerned by 'increasing polarization, Ban calls for parties to work toward inclusive dialogue

02 December 2016 – Concerned by the increasing polarization in the Maldives, which has made dialogue among the Government and political parties increasingly difficult, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged all concerned to work toward an inclusive dialogue.


In Lao PDR, UN food relief agency chief reiterates support for efforts to ensure nutrition security for all

01 December 2016 – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has wrapped up a visit in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), where she reiterated the agency’s commitment to working with the Government to help the country achieve middle-income status and to support food and nutrition security for all.


Security Council strengthens measures against DPRK’s nuclear, ballistic missile activities

30 November 2016 – Strongly condemning the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September, the Security Council today unanimously adopted measures that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever” against that country.


INTERVIEW: ‘Cling to every little sign of hope’ – outgoing head of UN Mission in South Sudan

29 November 2016 – On 23 July 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Ms. Løj succeeded Hilde Johnson of Norway, who had completed her assignment two weeks earlier, on 7 July 2014. 


‘Urgent steps’ needed to revive two-state solution, Ban says on Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people

29 November 2016 – Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world to reaffirm commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and working to build a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.


Central African Republic: Half the population needs humanitarian support, says UN

28 November 2016 – With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some $400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet,” a senior United Nations official said today.


‘Massive efforts’ under way in flood-hit northern DPRK require additional support – UN

28 November 2016 – While nearly 12,000 families in northern Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) have moved into new houses three months after devastating Typhoon Lionrock destroyed their homes, the United Nations is reporting that this “massive effort” still needs additional support so damaged water networks can be repaired and essential medicines and nutritious foods can be provided.


DR Congo: UN envoy calls on political stakeholders to show flexibility to aid election process

25 November 2016 – Wrapping up a visit to Africa’s Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy today urged stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral process to do more to help ensure the country is able to hold peaceful elections.


DPR Korea: With victims’ suffering ‘enormous,’ urgent solution needed –UN rights expert

25 November 2016 – Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Northeast Asia, a United Nations human rights expert today called for a multi-faceted and people-centred approach to improve the “extremely complex” situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women human rights defenders, UN experts warn

25 November 2016 – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations experts has warned.