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UN chief denounces attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Syria's Aleppo

20 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as senior humanitarian officials have condemned attacks that have killed and maimed scores of civilians in Syria, including children, and called on all parties to cease such attacks as well as to ensure unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November 2016 – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


In Paris, Ban hails support of France during his tenure as UN chief

18 November 2016 – In a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the leadership of the country in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, last December, as well as for its role in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Reflecting on his five-year term, UN deputy chief pins hopes on multilateralism

18 November 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the critical importance of international cooperation in today’s world, arguing that “without it, Governments simply cannot deliver stable, prosperous societies at home.”


Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

18 November 2016 – Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.


Security Council extends the mandate of joint UN-OPCW body on chemical weapons in Syria

18 November 2016 – The Security Council has extended, for an additional year, the mandate of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict.


At governing body, UN atomic agency chief highlights agency’s priorities for 2017

17 November 2016 – Nuclear safety and security, health and nutrition, and food and agriculture will be the main technical programmes for the United Nations atomic agency next year, its head told the agency’s governing body.


UN health agency denounces attacks on health facilities in Syria

17 November 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today condemned attacks on five Syrian hospitals – including two trauma centres and an emergency obstetric centre – as well as a mobile medical clinic, and demanded that all parties to the five-year conflict respect the neutrality of health workers, health facilities and medical supplies.


Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

16 November 2016 – Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.


Poor rains, supply bottlenecks exacerbate food security woes in war-torn Syria, UN warns

15 November 2016 – Reeling under the effects of a seemingly unending conflict, Syrian farmers may have “no other option” but to abandon food production, with grave consequences on food availability in the whole country, the United Nations agencies dealing with food security and emergency food relief warned today.