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At high-level energy forum, UN deputy chief says action on sustainability a 'moral and historical duty'

20 May 2015 – The world is facing complex challenges regarding the future of sustainable energy which demand comprehensive and immediate solutions, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he delivered remarks to the General Assembly's Global Energy Ministerial Meeting.


UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

19 May 2015 – The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.


World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council

19 May 2015 – While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today.


As International Telecommunication Union turns 150, Ban hails ‘resilience’ of oldest UN agency

17 May 2015 – Marking 150 years since founding of oldest member in the United Nations system, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today applauded the continued resilience and relevance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), emphasizing that telecommunications – as well as information and communications technology (ICT) – drive innovation.


In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

15 May 2015 – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.


New UN report calls for economic inclusivity to drive growth in Asia-Pacific region

14 May 2015 – While developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to fare well in comparison to the rest of the world, structural weaknesses, like infrastructure shortages and excessive dependence on commodities will continue to hamper their growth potential, a new United Nations report on the region says, calling for greater economic inclusivity if sustainable development is to succeed.


Ban ‘alarmed’ by outbreak of violence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

11 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over the recent outbreak of violence in the city of Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and has extended his condolences to the families of those killed and injured.


UN expert urges Mauritius to prioritize legal protections against abuse of older persons

08 May 2015 – While Efforts have been made in Mauritius to ensure that older persons fully enjoy their rights, the United Nations rights expert on the issue stressed today that “law is not enough” and encouraged the authorities to make detection of elder abuse and law enforcement a priority.


‘Let us renew our will to cooperate for peace’ Ban declares at Peace Bell reinstallation ceremony

06 May 2015 – As one of the oldest outdoor gifts at the United Nations, the Peace Bell represents the “collective desire for the world to live in peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at a ceremony to reinstall the symbolic bell at its permanent home at Headquarters in New York.


Security Council hears Liberia briefing as country anticipates being declared ‘Ebola-free’

05 May 2015 – Liberia is expected to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) within the week if no more new cases of the disease are discovered before then, the top United Nations official in Liberia said today as she briefed the Security Council.