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16 stories found over the past 45 days
COP21: on eve of UN climate conference, Ban says 'time for action is now'

29 November 2015 – On the eve of the opening in Paris of the United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries and all sectors of society to act now to reach a new universal climate agreement.

Ban appoints senior UN officials as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim

27 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as his Chef de Cabinet, and Patrick Carey of Ireland as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim.

Northern Ireland still faces urgent challenges nearly 20 years after peace accord – UN expert

20 November 2015 – While much has been achieved in Northern Ireland in the nearly 20 years since a peace accord ended decades of fighting between British forces and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the different communities, urgent issues persist, according to a United Nations expert on transitional justice.

Warring factions in Libya show little regard for civilian life, says UN, reporting 'gross' rights abuses

16 November 2015 – Libya continues to be embroiled in political strife and deadly violence – with all parties committing possible war crimes amid multiple armed conflicts affecting several regions and contributing to a general breakdown of law and order, according to a new United Nations human rights report released today.

Burundi: Security Council calls for political talks to resolve crisis peacefully

12 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties in Burundi to engage in peace talks, warning of further action against those who incite more violence in the Central African country, where a recent upsurge has threatened hard-won stability after decades of ethnic strife and could lead to “potentially devastating consequences” for the entire region if it persists.

Venezuela must uphold rights of ‘even those who disagree with State policies’ – UN human rights chief

12 November 2015 – At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed the need to promote and protect human rights in Venezuela and to defend even those who disagree with the State’s policies, while Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros vowed to continue employing truth to defend his country against “audacious accusations” and “imperialist attacks.”

UN rights experts urge Iran to stop silencing journalists’ dissenting voices ahead elections

11 November 2015 – Expressing concern over the detention, prosecution and intimidation of journalists and bloggers in Iran before the upcoming parliamentary elections, United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government to stop “silencing dissenting voices” and to stand by its international obligation on freedom of expression.

Investigation into killing of Philippines journalist urged by UNESCO chief

11 November 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today denounced the killing of radio journalist José Bernardo in the Philippines on 31 October.

Burundi experiencing 'deep political crisis' with hundreds dead since April, Security Council told

09 November 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today warned the UN Security Council that Burundi is at a critical juncture, experiencing a deep political crisis and rapidly escalating violence with serious implications for the country's stability and ethnic harmony, as bodies are regularly dumped in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, and thousands of people flee the bloodshed.

Murder of two Syrian citizen journalists condemned by UNESCO chief

09 November 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of two Syrian citizen journalists, found dead a little over a week ago in the city of Sanliurfa, in the southeast of Turkey.