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States must do more to safeguard adolescent health rights – UN expert

15 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on States to remove all legal barriers to access health facilities, goods and services interfering with the rights of adolescents to be heard and taken seriously, and that limit their right to make autonomous decisions.


First-ever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on 'less talk, more action'

15 June 2016 – The first-ever United Nations-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries in the region.


‘Disability is not inability,’ says Ban, urging equal rights for all to achieve Global Goals

14 June 2016 – Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Prolonged political crisis could erode Guinea Bissau’s development gains, UN envoy warns

14 June 2016 – The longer the political crisis continues in Guinea Bissau, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains, warned the head of the United Nations peacebuilding office there, urging the Security Council to pay greater attention to the situation.


In Op-Ed, UN chief says global community 'must work in new ways to help people in crisis'

14 June 2016 – In an opinion piece published today by The Guardian, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the outcome of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, last month.


In Brussels, Ban urges joint efforts against terrorism and in addressing displacement

14 June 2016 – In Brussels, Belgium, today, ahead of the start of a forum by the European Commission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several European officials, discussing such issues as the need for stronger international cooperation in the face of emerging challenges related to terrorism, and also visited with refugees and volunteers working at a soup kitchen.


'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.