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UN officials call for global consensus, preventive approach to combat terrorism and violent extremism

30 June 2016 – The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address “this major scourge of our time.”


Quartet report cites violence, settlements and Gaza as barriers to Middle East peace – UN envoy

30 June 2016 – Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to the Security Council.


UN highlights risk reduction, mitigation to combat El Niño’s impact in Central America’s Dry Corridor

30 June 2016 – The international community must take urgent action to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are impacted by drought and other extreme-weather effects of the El Niño phenomenon, senior United Nations officials today said.


Senior UN relief official warns of demographic challenges and growing humanitarian needs in the Sahel

28 June 2016 – More than 9.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 4.4 million face severe food insecurity, a senior United Nations relief official said today, appealing for greater efforts from the international community and development partners to meet the region’s growing needs.


UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

27 June 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has “condemned in the strongest terms” a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister.


On World Day, Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda targets

25 June 2016 – Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.


Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body

24 June 2016 – Closer collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission is imperative in order to move forward on commitments in the sustainable development agenda and effectively address the specific challenges and needs of countries emerging from conflict, the President of ECOSOC said today.


‘Strong collaboration’ needed to help end violence against children in Viet Nam, says UN envoy

23 June 2016 – Concluding a three-day visit to Viet Nam, a United Nations envoy has called on the government, civil society and all stakeholders to take united action to eliminate violence against children.


Ban marks UN Public Service Day with call for shared drive to achieve sustainability agenda

23 June 2016 – The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the General Assembly to spotlight their invaluable contributions.


Record 29 million people drug-dependent worldwide; heroin use up sharply – UN report

23 June 2016 – The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years in 2014, while the number of people who used at least one drug stayed at five per cent of the adult population, according to the annual report prepared by the United Nations.