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11 stories found over the past 45 days
Ban 'deeply regrets' Egyptian court decision to uphold sentences of Al Jazeera journalists

30 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep regret' over the decision by the Egyptian court of Cassation to uphold the sentencing of several Al Jazeera journalists and has reiterated his appeal for their cases to be resolved expeditiously and in accordance with the country's international obligations to protect free expression.


UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

26 August 2015 – With the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis.


Central African Republic: UN mission determined to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation by peacekeepers

20 August 2015 – Condemning all cases of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by its personnel, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that it is determined to “stamp out” this “extremely seriously problem.”


‘Horrified’ by immense human suffering in Syria, UN relief chief urges all parties to protect civilians

17 August 2015 – Horrified by the "total disrespect" for civilian life in Syria, as evidenced by yesterday's airstrikes on a market in Douma, the top United Nations humanitarian official today warned that the protracted conflict in the country not only severely affects the lives of millions of people, but also threatens the stability of the entire region and beyond.


UN experts call on Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian as he awaits verdict

14 August 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today urged the Iranian Government to immediately release the Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian, who now awaits verdict after his fourth and possible final hearing earlier this week.


UN and international envoys urge Burundi Government to forge ‘new path’ through dialogue

12 August 2015 – The Government of Burundi should immediately seize the opportunity for dialogue and forge a “new path,” United Nations and international envoys declared today, condemning the wave of recent attacks in the crisis-torn country and urging parties to show “restraint, leadership, and vision.”


On Youth Day, UN officials urge Member States to make young people ‘drivers of change’

12 August 2015 – Marking International Day of Youth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that no one knows better than young people the issues at stake in today's rapidly changing world or the best way to respond, and declared: “That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.”


Burundi: UN condemns assassination attempt on leading human rights defender

04 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights office have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender who was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital on Monday.


INTERVIEW: The toughest spokesperson's job in the world?
A decade speaking out for Palestinian humanitarian needs

03 August 2015 – Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade.


UNESCO voices alarm at reported killing of Iraqi journalists by extremists

30 July 2015 – The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced deep concern today over the reported killing of two Iraqi journalists in Mosul.