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'Little progress' made on finding viable solution to Darfur conflict – UN peacekeeping chief

14 June 2016 – Given the unchanged nature of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, the mandate of the African Union-United Nations mission there should be extended for another year, without changes to its priorities or its authorized troop and police ceiling, the top UN peacekeeping official said today.


New UN study identifies small fish with 'big role' to play feeding Africa's drylands

14 June 2016 – Small, fast growing wild fish could be crucial allies in the race to end hunger in some of the world's most chronically poor and underfed regions, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on fisheries in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa.


In wake of mass shooting, UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

14 June 2016 – In the wake of the mass killing of 49 people by a sole gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the leadership of the United States to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”


General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

13 June 2016 – In a rare secret ballot vote, the United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session.


Visiting UN food relief agency, Pope Francis shines spotlight on urgent need to end hunger

13 June 2016 – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.


Kenya assures head of UN refugee agency that rights obligations will be followed for Somali returns

13 June 2016 – On his first visit to Kenya, the chief of the United Nations refugee agency received assurances from the African country that the return of refugees to Somalia would not contravene international obligations.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June 2016 – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.


Spotlighting Global Goals, Ban kicks off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

13 June 2016 – In a kick-off for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all.


On Albinism Awareness Day, Ban urges all countries to break cycle of attacks and discrimination

13 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to end the discrimination that threatens the wellbeing, health and even the lives of people with albinism, and to provide programmes that will enable them to play a full part in society.


Marking World Day, UN stresses need for coherent policies to end child labour

12 June 2016 – With some 168 million children working in various sectors globally, the fight against child labour requires coherent policy packages to support legislation focused on quality education, social protection and decent jobs for parents, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.