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103 stories found over the past 45 days
In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April 2016 – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.


UN rights chief condemns spate of assassinations in Burundi

27 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.


Ban welcomes ‘change in strategy and mindset’ as UN adopts landmark resolutions on peacebuilding

27 April 2016 – Deeply concerned by the high human cost and suffering caused by armed conflicts, and recognizing the significant number of simultaneous security and humanitarian crises that the world currently faces, the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council today concurrently adopted resolutions on the Organization’s peacebuilding architecture, providing renewed momentum for the focus within the UN system on ‘sustaining peace.’


Riek Machar’s arrival in Juba should ‘open a new chapter’ for South Sudan – UN Peacekeeping chief

26 April 2016 – The arrival in Juba of First Vice-President-designate Riek Machar should open a new chapter for South Sudan and allow “the real transition to begin,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, stressing that the security situation in the country, however, remains precarious amid a worsening humanitarian and human rights situation.


UN rights office deplores death sentence against Mauritanian blogger

26 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today deplored the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April.


BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

26 April 2016 – A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.


UN rights office urges Mexico to consider recommendations on case of missing students

26 April 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Government of Mexico to take into serious consideration the recommendations made recently by a group of independent experts regarding the case of the enforced disappearance in Iguala of 43 students and the killing of six others in 2014.


BAKU: violent extremism 'affront' to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

26 April 2016 – The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism.


Security Council urges stronger regional approach on eradicating piracy in Gulf of Guinea

25 April 2016 – United Nations officials today reiterated a call for a comprehensive regional framework to eradicate piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, with the Security Council stressing the importance of addressing underlying causes and strengthening justice systems and judicial cooperation in the region.


BAKU: UN officials call on business leaders to help build inclusive societies

25 April 2016 – At a United Nations Forum under way in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, senior UN officials today stressed the important role the private sector plays in creating inclusive communities, underscoring that companies cannot operate successfully in societies that fail.