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47 stories found over the past 45 days
On World Day, UN urges stronger action to shield millions from human trafficking

29 July 2016 – The international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees – particularly young people, women and children – from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging all nations to recognize their responsibility in combating the global scourge.


Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN

29 July 2016 – Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to eradicate malnutrition.


Proposed humanitarian corridors in Aleppo must be guaranteed by all sides, says UN relief chief

28 July 2016 – Amid reports that Aleppo is ‘de facto besieged,’ as the war-battered city is now almost completely encircled by Syrian troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today reiterated his demand for safe, regular and sustained access to the quarter of a million people trapped behind the front lines, and stressed that “all options must be considered.”


UN anti-crime chief calls for greater prevention efforts, youth advocacy to fight terrorism

27 July 2016 – The threat of terrorism has expanded and become increasingly decentralized and diffuse throughout the past 10 years, the top United Nations anti-crime official said today, calling for greater efforts to tackle links between crime and terrorism and for increased advocacy among youth.


Syria: UN envoy aims for peace talks to resume in late August

26 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the five-year crisis in Syria said today he aims to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks towards the end of August, and expressed hope that the United States and Russia would make “concrete progress” in order to improve the atmosphere for the resumption of the discussions.


Recent attacks on hospitals in Aleppo 'can amount to war crimes' – UNICEF

26 July 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reiterated today that attacks on health facilities are a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and can amount to war crimes, in response to the recent airstrikes on four hospitals and a blood bank in eastern Aleppo city in Syria.


Syria: UN aid chief calls for weekly, 48-hour humanitarian truce in Aleppo

25 July 2016 – Citing the alarming humanitarian conditions across Syria, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today urged fresh momentum and action to protect civilians and ensure sustained aid access “before it's too late,” including through the establishment of a weekly, 48-hour pause of the fighting in eastern Aleppo, where food supplies are expected to run out next month.


Top UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to 'persistent' threat of terrorism

22 July 2016 – With more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response, a top United Nations counter-terrorism official said today.


Lebanon: Security Council calls for presidential and parliamentary polls by next May

22 July 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the two-year-long vacancy in the presidency of Lebanon, the United Nations Security Council today urged Lebanese leaders to urgently convene a parliamentary session and called on all parties to negotiate a compromise agreement in order to end the country's political and institutional crisis.


UN officials alarmed by closure of access route in eastern Aleppo; call for ‘humanitarian truce’

21 July 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today expressed grave alarm over developments in the eastern part of Aleppo city in Syria, where civilian, humanitarian and commercial movements have been effectively cut off following the closure of the last remaining access route in and out of the area.