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20 stories found over the past 45 days
UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo, Libya, Ukraine and Burundi

27 September 2016 – At interactive dialogues on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya Ukraine, and Burundi, senior UN human rights officials and independent experts today urged the governments to take immediate steps to ensure protection of human rights in their respective countries.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican community radio host

27 September 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today expressed indignation at the killing of community radio host Agustin Pavia Pavia in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on 13 September.


UNESCO chief condemns murder of Jordanian writer

26 September 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today expressed indignation at the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar.


UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DR Congo

23 September 2016 – In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.


Security Council adopts resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament

23 September 2016 – Reaffirming that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery, threatens international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging all States who haven't done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.


At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance

21 September 2016 – Meeting at the United Nations today, world leaders signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines.


‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact that seeks to put the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.


UN concerned about conditions in former Boko Haram stronghold as hundreds of Nigerians return to ravaged villages

09 September 2016 – Today the UN refugee agency expressed concern over basic services and security in a territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents, as hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to their devastated villages and towns in the north-eastern state of Borno – only recently liberated by the Nigerian armed forces.


UN experts urge Mexican authorities and businesses to adequately engage with communities affected by development projects

09 September 2016 – Concluding a ten-day official mission to Mexico, a United Nations expert group has called on the country's authorities and business sector to ensure adequate consultation with individuals and communities affected by development projects and business operations.