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36 stories found over the past 45 days
UN anti-crime chief calls for greater prevention efforts, youth advocacy to fight terrorism

27 July 2016 – The threat of terrorism has expanded and become increasingly decentralized and diffuse throughout the past 10 years, the top United Nations anti-crime official said today, calling for greater efforts to tackle links between crime and terrorism and for increased advocacy among youth.


Temperature in Kuwait hits 54 Celsius, sets possible record amid Middle East heatwave – UN

26 July 2016 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency, will set up a committee to examine whether a 54 degrees Celsius temperature recently recorded in Kuwait, has set the new highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere.


Security Council extends mandate of UN Iraq Mission for one year

25 July 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, until 31 July 2017.


Afghanistan: UN condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead in Kabul

23 July 2016 – Senior United Nations officials as well as the UN Security Council have strongly condemned an attack on a peaceful demonstration the Afghan capital that killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230 others, they also expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.


Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons

22 July 2016 – Following a request from the main international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction.


Top UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to 'persistent' threat of terrorism

22 July 2016 – With more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response, a top United Nations counter-terrorism official said today.


South Sudan: Demonstrators protest outside UN compound without incidents

20 July 2016 – A thousand people today demonstrated in front of a United Nations compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the UN Mission in the country announced, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition.


Iraq: UN seeks $284M to start aid response ahead of Mosul military operation

20 July 2016 – One of the top United Nations officials in Iraq is warning that an expected military operation in Mosul will lead to the largest and most dramatic humanitarian crisis in the world, which could impact as many as 1.5 million civilians.


UN cultural agency inscribes 12 new sites on World Heritage List

17 July 2016 – From a national park to a fossil site and a naval dockyard, the United Nations cultural agency today inscribed 12 new sites of special cultural or physical significance on its World Heritage List.


In Rwanda, Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan

15 July 2016 – Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan.