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Security Council extends measures to curb migrant smuggling off Libyan coast

06 October 2016 – Deploring continued loss of life due to migrant smuggling and human trafficking off the coast of Libya, the United Nations Security Council this morning extended its authorization for Member States to intercept vessels on the high seas suspected of being used for those illicit activities, for a further period of one year.

Libya: As situation worsens, UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi

06 October 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the plight of civilians caught in the cross-fight in a Benghazi neighbourhood, a senior United Nations official in Libya has called for a humanitarian pause to allow aid to reach those in urgent need and as well as a safe passage for those who wish to leave.

In Geneva, Ban reiterates call to end Syrian conflict; reflects on tenure as UN chief

03 October 2016 – Speaking at a press conference in the United Nations Office in Geneva today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again called for the political will to end the Syrian conflict, while also sharing his reflections on the nearly 10 years he spent as the top UN official.

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.

At UN, Gulf State Ministers stress importance of ‘good neighbourliness’ in Middle East

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and Oman today expressed concerns about instability in the Middle East region, citing the links between peace and development, and emphasizing the importance of being good neighbours to each other.

Global integration key to attaining development and climate goals, African leaders tell UN Assembly

24 September 2016 – Stressing the primacy of the United Nations in forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini of Swaziland told the General Assembly today that global integration is crucial to transforming the world.

Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.

Leaders must decide whether to ‘go it alone,’ or work together for better world, Germany tells UN

23 September 2016 – The world has become an unsafe place for far too many people, and with so many challenges to address, at times, it seems all but hopeless, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, told the United Nations today, “but all of us politicians here have a choice – between resignation or engagement in the face of these crises” and working towards a better future for all.

At UN, Russia blames Western ‘arrogance’ for bloodshed in Middle East and North Africa

23 September 2016 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today warned that some Western countries’ supremacy and exclusiveness undermined equitable international cooperation, calling on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to support Russian initiatives in counter-terrorism and disarmament.

Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya, Presidency Council Chair tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – The Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Mustafa Faiez Serraj, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the political agreement signed by the Libyan parties remains the solution to the current crisis in the North African country.