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At World Humanitarian Summit, leaders must take ‘bold decisions’ for real change – UN

05 May 2016 – As world leaders prepare to gather for a first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey later this month, the United Nations humanitarian coordinators for the Middle East and North Africa today called on the international community to assume its responsibility in finding solutions to end the widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the region.


South Sudan: Security Council calls on transitional government to implement peace accord

04 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today called on the newly formed transitional unity Government of South Sudan to end the cycles of violence and suffering and fully implement the peace agreement signed by warring parties in August 2015.


UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

04 May 2016 – Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We’ve prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.


Ban announces intention to appoint seasoned Mexican diplomat to head UN climate framework

03 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has started the process of consultation with the Conference of Parties through its Bureau, and has informed of his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

03 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.


UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as ‘excuse’ to curb free speech

03 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter “violent extremism” may be construed as the “perfect excuse” for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information.


Flint Michigan crisis ‘not just about water,’ UN rights experts say ahead of President Obama’s visit

03 May 2016 – Speaking ahead of United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Flint, Michigan, three United Nations experts are calling for immediate action to address the serious human rights concerns related to the contamination of the city’s water supply and the devastating consequences for residents there, who have been dealing with water-related crises since April 2014.


On World Day, UN highlights link between press freedom and development

03 May 2016 – Top United Nations officials today highlighted the dependency of human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development on the free flow of information and press freedom, stressing that these fundamental rights are vital in providing information to citizens around the world and for progress itself.


El Salvador: UN expert calls on Government to protect victims of contemporary slavery

29 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of El Salvador to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to protect the victims of contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour and domestic servitude.


Mozambique: UN reports 'worrying' information about human rights violations

29 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights office said today it has received “worrying information” about ongoing armed clashes in Mozambique between national security forces and members of Renamo, the former rebel group which became the main opposition party at the end of the 16-year civil war in 1992.