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Senior UN official urges States to ensure inviolability of schools in times of conflict

25 June 2015 – Schools and universities must remain immune to the violence wrought by global conflicts, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has affirmed as she urged Member States to commit to safeguarding places of learning from the ravages of war.


Haiti: UN envoy urges that deportations do not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic

25 June 2015 – Amid ongoing concern about the status of thousands of immigrants living in the Dominican Republic, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Haiti, Sandra Honoré, said that deportations carried out by Santo Domingo authorities should not result in statelessness of people of Haitian descent.


Security Council extends mandate of UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire

25 June 2015 – The Security Council today decided to extend the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) for another year, until 30 June 2016, as well as the authorization it provides to the French Forces in order to support the mission.


‘Business can be a global force for good,’ Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

25 June 2015 – The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.


Thousands of civilians fleeing ‘rule of fear’ in Eritrea, say UN experts, warning of gross rights abuses

24 June 2015 – A United Nations-appointed commission of inquiry today warned that the dire situation in Eritrea can no longer be ignored and called on the UN Human Rights Council to maintain close scrutiny on violations committed in the Horn of Africa nation that may constitute crimes against humanity.


Ban hails creation of International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

23 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to establish 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.


UN deputy chief urges ramped-up support for global peacebuilding efforts

23 June 2015 – The international community must boost material and financial support for peacebuilding initiatives in order to better help countries emerging from conflict build a sustainable and peaceful future, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today.


With all parties now signed onto Mali peace accord, world must back implementation – UN envoy

23 June 2015 – Welcoming the signature last Saturday by all parties to the conflict in Mali of the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation, the top United Nations envoy for the country today told the Security Council that now the implementation phase must start.


UN rights expert deplores ‘profound failure of diplomacy’ as Syria conflict escalates

23 June 2015 – Syria’s “ever-accelerating” cycle of violence continues to reap civilian casualties and provoke “unspeakable suffering”, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry warned today, as he lamented the international community’s inability to bring the country’s four-year war to a close.


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June 2015 – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.