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‘We have come too far to go back,’ says Ban on Day of Remembrance for chemical warfare victims

29 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare with a call for reflection on the “terrible toll” of chemical weapons and for taking stock of efforts to chart a course to a world free from the menace of such weapons.


'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria

29 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.


Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council

28 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


Digital cards improve food assistance to displaced families and Syrian refugees in Iraq – UN agency

28 April 2016 – Thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq now have better and flexible access to food, thanks to an innovative digital cash card launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).


In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April 2016 – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.


With Syrian truce ‘barely alive,’ UN envoy urges Russia and United States to help revitalize talks

28 April 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities, and called on the leaders of the Russian Federation and United States to help salvage the “barely alive” pact.


UN agency smartphone app now raising funds for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

27 April 2016 – ShareTheMeal, the award-winning smartphone app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.


UNESCO team assesses damages to Syria's Palmyra world heritage site

27 April 2016 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has completed a visit to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of destruction at the World Heritage site.


BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

26 April 2016 – A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.