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World Humanitarian Summit can build support for disability-inclusive aid responses – UN expert

19 May 2016 – Speaking ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week, a United Nations human rights expert has urged all countries to take into account the rights and needs of persons with disabilities in their humanitarian responses.’


Four schools or hospitals in crisis zones attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF

19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.


UN human rights chief welcomes Pfizer's decision to bar use of its drugs in executions

19 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today warmly welcomed the initiatives announced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to ensure that the drugs it produces will not be used by States to carry out executions by lethal injection.


Ban appoints Mexican diplomat to head UN climate change framework

18 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


UN human rights experts urge Singapore not to execute Malaysian national

18 May 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts on summary executions and on torture today urged the Government of Singapore not to carry out the execution of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national who was sentenced to death in 2010 after being found guilty of unintentional murder.


FEATURE: ‘Respect Rules of War’– leaders urged to recommit to protecting civilians at UN World Humanitarian Summit

17 May 2016 – As the United Nations reports that the world is witnessing an erosion of international humanitarian law, what can be done to ensure that States are committed to upholding the rules that protect humanity?


EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

17 May 2016 – The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.


International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health, well-being of LGBTI people

17 May 2016 – Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations today called on the global community to take action to ensure that all people have an equal right to live healthy lives free from violence, persecution, stigma, and discrimination.


Kosovo still faces ‘hard-nosed realities,’ but is vital for European security – UN envoy

16 May 2016 – Unemployment, inequality, and the challenges of developing a productive economy to meet global development goals and overcome legacies of impunity, are among the “hard-nosed realities” facing Kosovo, the head of the United Nations political mission there said today, calling for international involvement to help Kosovo’s institutions, and the wider region as a whole, overcome such obstacles.


Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

13 May 2016 – On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.