09 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for the safety of 12 nuns who went missing from a convent in the Syrian town of Ma’aloula and all those who may be detained against their will in the strife-torn nation.
09 December 2013 – Top United Nations officials joined international experts today in New York to mark the 65th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – referred to as a living symbol of the pledge of ‘never again.’
07 December 2013 – Healthcare workers in Syria must be protected, senior United Nations humanitarian officials have said issuing a fresh call for the protection of medical facilities and for safe access to medicines, vaccines and other vital humanitarian aid in the country.
06 December 2013 – The United Nations General Assembly has elected Jordan as a non-permanent member of the Security Council to fill a seat that Saudi Arabia had, in an earlier election, won but declined to accept.
04 December 2013 – Preparations are proceeding for removing Syria’s chemical agents out of the country for their destruction, the head of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations reported today, calling for continued support from the international community to complete this important task.
04 December 2013 – Syrian refugee women have a key role to play in shaping the future of their war-torn homeland, the protection chief of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) told a conference in London today.
03 December 2013 – Reporting “modest progress” with the Syrian Government on speeding up visa issuance and increasing the number of relief distribution hubs, a top United Nations official said today that with perhaps 250,000 Syrians cut off from aid in besieged communities across the war-torn country, greater efforts are needed to ensure real gains on the humanitarian front.
03 December 2013 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today appealed for $687 million so that it can provide basic services to this vulnerable population next year, stressing that its ability to carry out its work remains dependent on the generosity of donors.
02 December 2013 – The United Nations human rights chief today delivered a “mixed report” on human rights progress around the world, with slow and steady advances in some areas alongside causes for alarm in others, including Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR).
29 November 2013 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern at the recent deaths at sea after a boat capsized earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third such incident in the northern Caribbean since October.