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Yemeni people must be at centre of reinvigorated crisis response – senior UN relief official

17 May 2016 – A senior United Nations relief official today called for increased global efforts to support the more than 13 million people in need of immediate, life-saving assistance in Yemen, following his visit to the conflict-torn country.


Syria: UN and diplomatic partners warn of return to full-scale war, recommit to reinforce lagging truce

17 May 2016 – Warning of a return to a full-scale war in Syria, an international group of diplomats reaffirmed its determination to bolster a fragile ceasefire, ensure aid reach those in need, and make progress toward a peaceful political transition, the United Nations said today.


International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health, well-being of LGBTI people

17 May 2016 – Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations today called on the global community to take action to ensure that all people have an equal right to live healthy lives free from violence, persecution, stigma, and discrimination.


On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

17 May 2016 – The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


Kosovo still faces ‘hard-nosed realities,’ but is vital for European security – UN envoy

16 May 2016 – Unemployment, inequality, and the challenges of developing a productive economy to meet global development goals and overcome legacies of impunity, are among the “hard-nosed realities” facing Kosovo, the head of the United Nations political mission there said today, calling for international involvement to help Kosovo’s institutions, and the wider region as a whole, overcome such obstacles.


New guidelines on improving care for female genital mutilation issued by UN health agency

16 May 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released new guidelines aimed at helping health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.


One hundred babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF

16 May 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today reported that on average, up to 100 babies are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake.


Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations

15 May 2016 – The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.


Colombia: UN refugee agency urges civilian safety amid rising displacement in country's western region

13 May 2016 – Armed clashes between illegal groups fighting for territory in western Colombia are driving a growing number of mostly Afro-Caribbean and indigenous peoples from their homes in Chocó department, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, calling on all parties to the conflict to guarantee the safety of the civilian population.


UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters

13 May 2016 – Expressing deep concern about the situation of dozens of protesters who were arrested during a peaceful rally on 14 and 16 April in the Gambian capital of Banjul, the United Nations human rights arm today urged the Government to release all those who have been detained for simply having exercised their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and assembly.