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On International Day, UN urges end of obstetric fistula ‘within a generation’

23 May 2016 – Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar

21 May 2016 – With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.


On World Day, UN hails potential of cultural diversity to boost development

21 May 2016 – Cultural diversity is an outstanding source of exchange, innovation and creativity, and has the enormous potential to accelerate sustainable development, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.


Ban urges UN system to bolster support for indigenous peoples, as annual forum concludes

20 May 2016 – Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum.


On Day of Vesak, UN chief says Buddhism can help enlighten world about pressing issues

20 May 2016 – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges, including mass population movements, violent conflicts, atrocious human rights abuses and hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing communities.


UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

20 May 2016 – Tourism plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and building peace, participants from more than 100 countries gathered at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China, this week have said, calling for greater efforts to step up international cooperation in that regard.


Ban appoints Special Envoys to help UN 'sound the alarm' on El Niño and Climate

20 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments today of Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate.


UN rights office urges Mexican authorities to pursue investigation into extrajudicial killings

20 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today reiterated a call for the Government of Mexico to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation into a series of alleged summary executions and human rights violations committed by authorities almost two years ago.


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.