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17 stories found over the past 45 days
In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’

19 October 2016 – As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a time when the region as a whole needs moderate forces” to stand up to rising radicalization.

UN calls for protection of civilians as Iraq begins military operations to retake Mosul

17 October 2016 – As a large-scale military offensive gets under way to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters, senior United Nations officials today are stressing the need to ensure that civilians in the city are protected and able to access to humanitarian assistance.

Concerned by recent violence in Myanmar, UN aid chief calls for stronger humanitarian action

14 October 2016 – Concluding a three-day mission to Myanmar today, the top United Nations aid official called on all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences and urged strengthened humanitarian action to support the people affected by violence in the Southeast Asian country.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016 – Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

UN refugee agency urges better measures for people crossing contact line in eastern Ukraine

30 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today called on authorities in Ukraine to help ease the plight of some 26,000 people who cross the dividing line between Government-controlled and non-Government-controlled areas of the crisis-gripped country daily.

Accessible tourism will benefit everyone, say senior UN officials on World Day

27 September 2016 – Noting the obstacles that persons with disabilities or those with other access requirements face in taking advantage of fundamental aspects of travel, senior United Nations officials today urged policy-makers, travel planners and companies that work with persons with disabilities to work together to make travel more accessible.

UN rights experts urge Pakistan authorities to halt execution of man with disability

27 September 2016 – Four United Nations human rights experts today urged authorities in Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a man with a psychosocial disability, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards.

Addressing UN, Republic of Congo says newly-adopted Constitution will improve governance

24 September 2016 – The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, today welcomed the new Constitution adopted by his country which he told the United Nations General Assembly will improve political, economic and social governance in the country.

Madagascar leader spotlights universality of 2030 Agenda in UN Assembly speech

22 September 2016 – Addressing the leader’s debate at the United Nations General Assembly, the President of Madagascar today underlined the need to take the commitments made in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development and the Paris Agreement on climate change into practice.

Global cooperation vital to achieve Agenda 2030, Thai leader tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that global cooperation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of social ills by 2030, on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate.