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UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability

26 January 2015 – As United Nations Member States start discussions to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, 10 top UN human rights experts have today stressed the need to anchor the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in international human rights standards and to ensure that strong means for ensuring accountability are employed to make sure they are met.


Libya: latest round of UN-mediated peace talks kick-off in Geneva

26 January 2015 – Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the north African nation's political crisis.


UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue set to resume in Geneva

25 January 2015 – Libyan stakeholders will return to Geneva this week for a new round of United Nations-facilitated dialogue aimed at resolving the war-torn country's longstanding political crisis, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.


UN refugees envoy Angelina Jolie says international community 'failing' Iraq's displaced

25 January 2015 – The rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq is a “shocking” reality that demands the international community's immediate attention, Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, urged today as she visited Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


UN chief strongly deplores latest deadly attack in Ukraine

24 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today's rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.


El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case

23 January 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case.


Death toll in Ukraine conflict exceeds 5,000, may be 'considerably higher' – UN

23 January 2015 – More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said today as it expressed fear that the real figure may be 'considerably higher.'


Somalia: UN, international partners call for resolution of country's political crisis

22 January 2015 – The United Nations and its international partners today voiced concern over delays in the resolution of Somalia’s long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation’s President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament ‘to unite for the greater good of the country.’


Central African Republic: Security Council renews sanctions amid ‘continuous cycle’ of violence

22 January 2015 – Strongly condemning the resurgence of deadly violence across the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Security Council today reinvigorated its sanctions against those individuals implicated in the country’s ongoing sectarian tensions which have pushed it to the brink of all-out conflict.


Genocide occurs when ‘warning signs’ ignored, action not taken – UN deputy chief

21 January 2015 – During a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp today, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for reflection on how better to prevent horrific crimes witnessed during the Holocaust and other genocides.