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Nigeria: UN human rights experts call for progress in abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok

12 April 2016 – TAhead of the second anniversary of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in Nigeria, a group of United Nations and African human rights experts today appealed to Boko Haram to immediately reveal the location of the girls, and urged the Government of Nigeria to escalate its efforts to free all civilians kidnaped by the group.


UN survey finds displaced Palestinian families in Gaza Strip live in desperate conditions

11 April 2016 – More than 75,000 Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the 2014 escalation of hostilities continue to live in fraught conditions and are in need of homes, the United Nations relief coordination wing for the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported today.


New UN report focuses on green, inclusive industrialization in Africa

11 April 2016 – Welcoming the launch of the latest economic report on Africa, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that African countries should leapfrog “business as usual,” carbon-intensive methods of growth and instead pursue a pathway to green industrialization.


Data 'essential' to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told

11 April 2016 – Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body's role in advancing the new global development agenda.


Violence, use of teargas at Greek border 'matter of great worry' – UN refugee agency

11 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about yesterday's violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Eidomeni and the extensive scenes of teargas in use.


UN Development Cooperation Forum can contribute to advancing 2030 Agenda

08 April 2016 – In Brussels today, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Oh Joon, emphasized that its forum that reviews the latest international development cooperation trends has an important role to play in advancing the new global development agenda.


UN officials urge boost in development action to meet humanitarian challenges in Africa

08 April 2016 – Greater efforts in preparedness response, recovery and development interventions are needed from humanitarian actors for African nations to meet the immediate needs of their citizens, become more resilient to shocks and crises, and ultimately achieve food security, senior United Nations officials stressed today.


Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


Ban welcomes G20 support for Paris climate accord signing

08 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the statement of China, this year’s President of the Group of 20, affirming the G20’s full support for the 22 April signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and calling for the accord’s entry into force as early as possible.


After ‘Panama Papers’ leak, UN expert calls for end of financial secrecy to halt illicit fund flows

08 April 2016 – In the wake of last week’s leak of a trove of confidential financial documents from a Panama law firm, a United Nations human rights expert called on the international community to urgently put an end to financial secrecy.