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Burundi: UN human rights experts urge strong action in light of ‘widespread’ violations

20 September 2016 – The final report of an independent United Nations investigation in Burundi, released today, describes “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the Government of Burundi and people associated with it.

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.

Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”

At summit for refugees and migrants, senior UN officials underline the importance of collective action

19 September 2016 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, a number of senior UN officials stressed on the importance of the Summit and called on world leaders for collective action to address the global crisis.

World leaders at UN summit adopt 'bold' plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

19 September 2016 – With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations today to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.

Ban hails UN-backed fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria as partnership model for Global Goals

17 September 2016 – Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

FEATURE: Curtain rises on world's busiest diplomatic arena at UN Headquarters

16 September 2016 – As world leaders gather in New York in the coming days, the curtain will soon rise on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at the United Nations Headquarters.

UN rights expert calls for durable solutions for the displaced in Serbia and Kosovo

16 September 2016 – Concluding his five-day visit to Serbia and Kosovo, a United Nations human rights expert called on the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo to find an urgent and sustainable solution for people who have been displaced for almost 17 years.

Yazidi survivor of ISIL’s human trafficking appointed UN Goodwill Envoy for victims

16 September 2016 – Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking.

Increasing cases of enforced disappearances ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’ UN experts group warns

16 September 2016 – In its latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed deep concern and frustration at the rising number of cases, and underlined the need to prevent such acts and hold the perpetrators to account.