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UN rights office warns of severe lack of funding for human rights body for the Americas

27 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today said it is disturbed by the severe financial crisis the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is facing, warning that the Commission's capacity to respond to victims of rights violations across the Americas may be seriously diminished if it doesn't receive the necessary funding in the coming weeks.


LDCs: UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess progress made since 2011

27 May 2016 – A United Nations conference focused on the world's least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States' progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development.


At Security Council, climate change citied among factors impacting stability in Sahel

26 May 2016 – At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict.


LDCs: Behind the scenes – gearing up for a UN conference on least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Collaborating on the organization of major international conferences is a task well known to the United Nations, whose staff have the responsibility of ensuring that key messages are successfully delivered to not only those on location, but also worldwide.


Ban appoints governing body of ‘technology bank’ for least developed nations

26 May 2016 – Ahead of a major United Nations conference on priorities for the world’s least development countries (LDCs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of members to a governing council that will provide support towards the operationalization of a proposed Technology Bank for those vulnerable nations.


‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

26 May 2016 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed today the need for Member States to redouble efforts at prevention – whether to combat climate change, build resilience or address potential conflict flashpoints before they reach a tipping point.


Attacks on health care and medical personnel in crises occur with ‘alarming frequency’ – UN

26 May 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report today that attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine long-term health development goals.


Justice and accountability ‘critical components’ for lasting peace in Libya – ICC Prosecutor

26 May 2016 – Justice, accountability and the deterrent effects of the law remain “critical components” for achieving lasting peace in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, encouraging the country’s Government to give priority to devising effective plans and strategies to address atrocity crimes, and to invest in the relevant national institutions responsible for such work.


‘We have an opportunity in the next 15 to 20 years to really change our world’ – UN envoy for the least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years.


In Republic of Korea, Ban urges Asian nations to settle border disputes, historical issues

26 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all Asian countries to deepen dialogue, expand cooperation, and address border disputes, historical issues and threats to stability on the Korean Peninsula.