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30 stories found over the past 45 days
Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.

Small island nations urge UN General Assembly to act to save their very existence

22 September 2016 – Leaders of low-lying island States threatened with being flooded out of existence by rising seas again took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to appeal for urgent action even as the Paris Agreement moves forward to counter climate change.

At UN, Honduran President reports on country’s efforts to recover from myriad impacts of financial crisis

21 September 2016 – Spotlighting the fallout of global financial crisis, which had a profound impact on his country, especially for the most vulnerable, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, the President of Honduras, told the United Nations General Assembly today that with a great deal of effort, democracy has been restored, and less than three years ago, the country embarked "on the right path."

UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

20 September 2016 – Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks last night against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy, as well as a SARC warehouse and health clinic in Urum al-Kubra (Big Orem), northwest of Aleppo city in Syria, in which about 20 civilians and one SARC staff member were killed and vital food and medical assistance was destroyed.

At UN Assembly, Chadian President urges global push to tackle terrorism, ‘the threat of the century’

20 September 2016 – The world’s citizens are living in a constant state of despair because war, senseless violence, extreme poverty and the effects of climate change have all spread ‘and the hope of resolving them is diminishing,” Idris Déby Itno, the President of Chad, told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging greater global cooperation to tackle these threats, particularly terrorism.

Global Goals ‘simple answer’ to delivering results world so desperately needs – UN Assembly President

20 September 2016 – While it is evident the 2030 Agenda is being increasingly used as the framework for improved national development plans around the world, “we are far from where we need to be,” the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today, opening the 193-member body’s annual general debate with a strong call to do more to end conflict, erase poverty and bolster human rights for all.

‘We cannot let innocent people be buried by indifference,’ says Ban, receiving #WithRefugees petition

16 September 2016 – Just days before the 19 September Summit for Refugees and Migrants, at a ceremony in New York today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees.

Niger: After 4-day visit, senior UN aid official calls for greater global support for displaced

16 September 2016 – Wrapping up a four-day mission in Niger, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Africa’s Sahel region has called on the international community to show increased support for the people of Diffa and the rest of the Lake Chad Basin who have been displaced from their homes amid the violence of Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Civilian casualties up 66 per cent in eastern Ukraine during summer – UN report

15 September 2016 – A new United Nations report released today shows a 66 per cent increase in the number of conflict-related civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine and describes the deterioration of the human rights situation there, as a result of escalating hostilities between the Government and non-Government forces from June to August.

Security Council urges warring parties in Yemen to resume talks with UN envoy

08 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.