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Indigenous people need support to reinforce resilience against climate change – UNESCO

27 November 2015 – Building resilience “is deeply rooted in [the] lifestyles and social solidarity” of the more than 400 million indigenous people – from the Samis of northern Europe, Berbers in Morocco to Vanuatu communities in the Pacific – who are feeling the adverse effects of climate change even they contribute little to its causes, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

'Nothing has changed' – UN expert on DPR Korea says two years after key human rights report

26 November 2015 – A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago.

Burundi: UN rights chief deplores suspension of human rights groups, warns of ‘civil war’

25 November 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the Burundian authorities’ suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including several working on peace and human rights issues, warning against a relapse into “full-fledged civil war.”

UN urges 'zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership' to end violence against women and girls

25 November 2015 – Ending gender-based violence is a top priority for achieving the United Nations founding mission of peace, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, noting his specific concerns about rising violent extremism and its impact on women and girls, and calling for global collective action to end the scourge.

Egypt: Ban condemns latest terrorist attacks, calls for holistic approach to scourge

24 November 2015 – Condemning today’s terrorist attack in the Egyptian city of al-Arish, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an overall approach to preventing and countering terrorism, with full respect for human rights and refugee law.

‘Orange the World’ campaign kicks off efforts to end violence against women and girls – UN

24 November 2015 – From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide.

New European border restrictions on refugees, migrants violate human rights, Ban warns

24 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest.

UN: more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid

24 November 2015 – Some 21.2 million people in Yemen – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of assistance to meet their basic needs, according to a recently-published overview of the country’s humanitarian needs for the next year carried out by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Ban appoints veteran British political, peacebuilding adviser to head UN assistance mission in Somalia

23 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Michael Keating of the United Kingdom as his new Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Cambodia: political crackdown reaching a 'dangerous tipping point' warns UN rights expert

23 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia's main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regarding the human rights of the Cambodian people.