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43 stories found over the past 45 days
UN urges ‘zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership’ to end violence against women and girls

25 November 2015 – Ending gender-based violence is a top priority for achieving the United Nations founding mission of peace, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, noting his specific concerns about rising violent extremism and its impact on women and girls, and calling for global collective action to end the scourge.

New European border restrictions on refugees, migrants violate human rights, Ban warns

24 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest.

Paris, Beirut terror attacks must not be pretext for slamming shut doors to refugees – UN officials

19 November 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly met today on tackling the global refugee crisis in the shadow of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, with top officials pleading that the door for genuine refuge not be slammed shut in the name of security.

Syria: UN envoy cites possibility of ceasefire, future political framework to end conflict

19 November 2015 – After briefing an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the “deliverables” that had come out of the recent international talks in Vienna on the Syria crisis, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura today indicated the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn country, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict.

With Lebanon facing multiple challenges, Security Council reiterates support for country’s institutions

19 November 2015 – In the wake of last week’s deadly terrorist bombing in Beirut and the ongoing negative impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon’s stability, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated “in these challenging circumstances” its strong support for Lebanon’s State institutions, including the Armed Forces and security services, in their efforts to safeguard the country.

Security Council condemns ‘heinous, cowardly’ murders of Chinese, Norwegian citizens by ISIL

19 November 2015 – Condemning in the strongest terms the ‘heinous and cowardly’ murder of Chinese citizen, Fan Jinghui, and Norwegian citizen, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the members of the United Nations Security Council today emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism “do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.”

Ban phones France’s Hollande to offer condolences in wake of terrorist attacks

18 November 2015 – On a phone call to French President François Hollande, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, and presented his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of France.

General Assembly elects Filippo Grandi as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees

18 November 2015 – Filippo Grandi of Italy was today elected by the United Nations General Assembly as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for a period of five years beginning on 1 January 2016.

UN expert denounces Paris attacks as ‘crime against humanity, crime against culture’

17 November 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, denounced in the strongest possible terms the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, saying they may constitute a crime against humanity in which people were targeted “simply for participating in cultural life.”

In shadow of Beirut and Paris terror attacks, UN Security Council discusses root causes of conflict

17 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council held an already scheduled debate on conflict prevention today amid added urgency fuelled by last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that counter-terrorism must also tackle such root causes as bad governance, injustice and exclusion.