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108 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: 'Climate change is really about the wellbeing of people'

17 August 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.

Ms. Espinosa recently spoke with the UN News Centre about her work and the challenges ahead.


UN aid chief releases $50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need

16 August 2016 – The top United Nations relief official released today $50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses.


‘Surrender or starve’ strategy signals deeper agony ahead for civilians in Aleppo, UN panel warns

16 August 2016 – The situation of civilians in Aleppo is “critical and demands immediate attention and response,” a United Nations-mandated human rights panel warned today, expressing grave concern for the safety of the war-raved city’s people, including some 100,000 children, and urging countries with influence to pressure the parties to the conflict in Syria to return to political negotiations.


Bahrain authorities must end ‘systematic harassment’ of Shia population – UN rights experts

16 August 2016 – A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today expressed deep concerns at what they see as “systematic harassment” of the Shia population and religious leaders, including stripping the citizenship of many, by authorities in Bahrain.


Yemen: Ban condemns reported coalition airstrike on rural hospital that leaves 11 dead

16 August 2016 – Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike yesterday on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah that killed 11 people.


Teenage blogger trial ‘deeply worrying’ sign of Singapore’s attempts to curb free expression

15 August 2016 – Concerned over increased criminalization of expression , a United Nations human rights expert today expressed serious concern about the upcoming trial of a 17-year old Singaporean for Facebook posts and blog comments that wounded the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians.


UN chief condemns attack on school in Yemen that killed at least 10 children

15 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack, reportedly an airstrike, on a school in northern Yemen that killed at least 10 children and injured many more over the weekend.


DR Congo: Denying visa to human rights researcher ‘regrettable,’ says UN rights chief

12 August 2016 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a regrettable development.


Security Council approves regional protection force for UN mission in South Sudan

12 August 2016 – The Security Council today authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation.


‘A political solution is the only solution,’ UN says, as rising violence deepens crisis in Yemen

12 August 2016 – The United Nations today sounded the alarm over a spike in violence in crisis-torn Yemen, as the world body’s human rights wing reported the number of civilian casualties in the conflict has been “steadily mounting,” with some 815 casualties since April alone.