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22 stories found over the past 45 days
In Honduras, senior UN official urges protection of human rights defenders

28 July 2017 – Visiting a newly established United Nations human rights office in Honduras, a senior official today stressed the need to protect human rights defenders in the country.


Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

27 July 2017 – The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months, until 31 January 2018, following the recent failure to reach a settlement to the longstanding conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the Mediterranean island.


Jerusalem: Guterres urges political and religious leaders to refrain from 'provocative actions and rhetoric'

26 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, concerned by the potential risk of escalating violence over the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, today urged all political, religious and community leaders to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.


Amid rising tensions in Jerusalem, UN envoy warns of 'grave risk' of escalation in Middle East

25 July 2017 – The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has warned that developments over the past 11 days at holy sites in the Old City in Jerusalem have demonstrated the “grave risk” that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious conflict that could ultimately engulf the rest of the region.


UN Economic and Social Council pledges to accelerate implementation of 2030 Agenda

20 July 2017 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today concluded the high-level segment of its annual session by adopting a ministerial Declaration aimed at accelerating the pace of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Change in behaviour for South Sudan actors 'long overdue,' Security Council told

20 July 2017 – Highlighting challenges facing South Sudan, a senior United Nations official today underlined that overcoming obstacles borne of a volatile combination of insecurity and political uncertainty is critical for the war-torn country to be put on the track to peace and stability.


Least developed countries face challenges in funding sustainable development – UN report

19 July 2017 – Lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs) in their implementation of sustainable development targets, according to a United Nations report released today.


On Nelson Mandela Day, UN celebrates South African leader’s service to humanity

18 July 2017 – Marking what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday, the United Nations today honoured his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality.


'Smart' money moving to 'green' financing, reveals new UN report

14 July 2017 – Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, the United Nations environment arm has said.


Eleven global banks partner with UN to make financial markets more climate transparent

11 July 2017 – Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today.