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Rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities must be priority in new global action plan – UN experts

12 April 2017 – Accessible social and health services, with dedicated human and financial resources must be addressed and made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, a group of United Nations human rights experts have urged, as UN-led intergovernmental talks on the issue are set to launch consultation in 2018.


INTERVIEW: In new UN role, Malala Yousafzai seeks to inspire girls to stand up, speak out for rights

11 April 2017 – In 2012, Malala Yousafzai made headlines all over the world when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on the right of education for girls. But instead of silencing her, the brutal attack only served to embolden the Pakistani teenager, who has used her voice to promote the right of every child to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.


Haiti: Recent political advances set stage to address pressing challenges, says UN envoy

11 April 2017 – Highlighting improvements in Haiti’s political situation, including the recent elections and opportunities to address longstanding disputes, the senior United Nations official in the island nation has urged the international community to continue its partnership with Haiti and its people to help consolidate the gains achieved.


UN rights agency condemns executions in Gaza, urges moratorium on death penalty

07 April 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the execution of three men in Gaza for “collaboration with the occupier” and urged authorities to halt all further executions and comply with Palestine's obligations under international law.


'Learn the lessons of Rwanda,' says UN chief, calling for a future of tolerance, human rights for all

07 April 2017 – Marking the twenty-third anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again.


Bridging global infrastructure gap tops agenda at annual UN Partnership Forum

05 April 2017 – Addressing the Partnership Forum convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), senior UN officials today discussed how to promote infrastructure growth in the least developed countries, particularly in Africa, to reach the world's development goals by 2030.


Top UN official in DR Congo concerned about rising number of civilian deaths in Kasai

05 April 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today expressed concern about a reported rise in the number of civilian casualties in the central Kasai region as a result of clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and the Congolese security forces.


Syria: UN chief 'deeply disturbed' by reports of alleged chemical attack; OPCW investigating

04 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said that he is “deeply disturbed” by reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria.


US funding cuts to UN population agency based on ‘inaccurate perception’ – UN chief

04 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today voiced deep regret at the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the United Nations population agency, stating that the announcement is based on a misinterpretation of the UN agency’s work.


Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert

04 April 2017 – Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said today.