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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Starvation ‘as a weapon’ is a war crime, UN chief warns parties to conflict in Syria

14 January 2016 – With United Nations humanitarian teams witnessing scenes in Syria that “haunt the soul,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the situation is “utterly unconscionable,” and warned that the use of starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime.


Iraq: UN envoy calls on all sides to shun cycle of reprisals following mosque attacks

12 January 2016 – The top United Nations official in Iraq today appealed to all parties in the strife torn-country to avoid being drawn into a vicious cycle or reprisal attacks following the “outrageous” bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in Diyala Province.


Security Council urges Libyan parties to come together under new political deal to combat terrorists

08 January 2016 – Strongly condemning yesterday’s terrorist attack on a security training centre in Zliten, Libya, and in the wake of that deadly incident and the recent attacks on the country’s oil infrastructure, the United Nations Security Council has urged all Libyan parties to joint together to combat terrorist threats by implementing the recent agreement on a unity government.


Oral cholera vaccines to double to 6 million doses after UN health agency approves new supplier

08 January 2016 – Faced with a global shortage of oral cholera vaccines (OCV), the United Nations health agency announced today that supply should double this year to six million doses, with further increases later, after it approved a third producer to fight a disease that kills up to 142,000 people annually.


‘Libya cannot afford to remain divided,’ says UN envoy, deploring latest deadly terrorist attack

07 January 2016 – Condemning the “reprehensible” deadly terrorist attack on a security training centre today in Libya’s coastal city of Zliten, the top United Nations official in the country said the incident again shows the urgent need for all stakeholders to press ahead with forming a recently-agreed unity government.


Libya: ISIL attacks highlight need for implementation of peace accord, says UN envoy

06 January 2016 – The United Nations envoy in Libya, who last month has helped usher in a UN-brokered political agreement for a national government in the strife-torn country, has said an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on oil installations highlights the need for immediate implementation of the accord.


UN envoy for Iraq condemns attacks on mosques in Babylon Province

05 January 2016 – The most senior UN official in Iraq has condemned attacks which took place against three Sunni mosques in Babylon Province on Sunday evening, as well as other acts of violence.


New UN refugee chief takes over at time of record numbers and unprecedented challenges

04 January 2016 – Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post today as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution.


Libya: UN envoy holds New Year talks to boost support for unity accord

02 January 2016 – Strife-torn Libya begins 2016 with a ray of hope and the possibility of rediscovering peace in unity, the top United Nations envoy to the country has stressed in a New Year's Day message as he held talks with a cross-section of political leaders.